DRIVING THROUGH: A day of pounding rain on June 8 left Wuhan City of Hubei Province flooded, which caused inconveniences for daily transportation (CFP)
After being plagued with severe drought earlier this year, the southern part of China has been ravaged by heavy rainfall since May.
According to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), from June 23-25 a new round of storms swept the southern part of the country including all nine provinces in the south. It was the 11th round of storms since May 5, said CMA.
Torrents roared into homes, drowned people, submerged roads and railways, and devoured crops. Villages in mountainous areas suffered from blackouts as the waters raged.
Train travel was suspended or delayed due to the heavy rains. Food prices, especially vegetables, have been rising as much as 30 percent in some southern cities.
From June 14-16, Heyuan City of Guangdong Province encountered massive rainfall, which triggered flashfloods and landslides, smashing many mountainside homes.
On June 16, while saving a senior citizen trapped by a flood in Heyuan, Ge Xiaowei, a police officer died after giving his life jacket to the 69-year-old woman.
On the morning of June 20, due to severe flooding, all highways, railways and roads in Yingtan City of Jiangxi Province were closed. Many water conservancy projects in the province had stored too much water and were ready to burst. Flood control administrators in Jiangxi immediately dispatched 130 police officers to protect the river dams.