In August alone, China had to deal with a series of calamities, which affected dozens of millions of people.
As The Paper reported, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management held a press conference on September 16. The ministry’s spokesman Shen Zhanli pointed out that the country faced numerous natural disasters last month.
Shen said that natural disasters occurred in varying degrees.
First, the average number of high-temperature days last month was the highest in August, comparing records of the same month since 1961. Especially in the southern region, the high temperature caused a severe drought in the Yangtze River Basin.
Second, heavy rains caused flooding in the northern region. Local rivers in the north exceeded the warning level, and sudden flash floods in Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, and other places caused many casualties
Third, severe convective weather events decreased significantly from the same period in recent years, but lightning strikes were more prominent.
Fourth, typhoons and landfalling events also occurred. Typhoon Mulan and Typhoon Ma-onon made landfall in the coastal areas of Guangdong last month.
Fifth, many more forest fires were in August, as China is affected by extremely high-temperature weather. Forest fires mainly occurred in Chongqing, Sichuan, Hunan, and Jiangxi.
The spokesman said those natural disasters affected the lives of 41.9 million people, of whom 94 died and disappeared.
They caused direct economic losses of nearly 43 billion yuan ($6.1 billion).
In addition to the natural calamities, China has been affected by a series of man-made crises, such as real estate woes, mortgage boycotts, surging pork prices, or COVID pandemic-led manufacturing disruptions.