China: Chongqing and Sichuan on flood alert with the arrival of torrential rains

BEIJING (Reuters) – The southwest Chinese city of Chongqing and wider neighboring areas of Sichuan province, which suffered from scorching temperatures in August, are now on flood alert with the arrival torrential rains.

The rains started on Sunday and are expected to continue through Tuesday. The government launched an emergency flood prevention plan in Sichuan and Chongqing at 6 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Earlier this month, the government issued its first national drought alert of the year.

In many parts of southern China, temperatures have exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in recent weeks, considered the hottest since the government began compiling data in 1961.

Chongqing suffered nearly three weeks without rain and had to ration electricity, reducing production at factories of major global companies.

Apart from the drought, the extreme heat in the Yangtze River Basin has also threatened crops in many cities and towns.

Chongqing and Sichuan have also had to deal with wildfires in recent weeks.

(Beijing Office, written by Bernard Orr; French version Elena Vardon, edited by Kate Entringer)

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