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People Killed or Missing in China After Flooding, Hundreds of Flights Canceled

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 21, 2016

People Killed or Missing in China After Flooding, Hundreds of Flights Canceled

The Chinese government announced Thursday that at least 75 people have died or gone missing in northern China due to massive floods that have swept through the region since Monday.

According to The Associated Press, the Chinese Civil Affairs Ministry announced the updated death toll as record amounts of rain continue to fall, with a total of 576 people dead or missing due to flooding in the first half of the year throughout China.

In China’s capital of Beijing, hundreds of flights have been canceled and train service has been shut down as flood waters have engulfed portions of the city. In addition, tens of thousands have been evacuated, and the country is expecting hundreds of millions of dollars worth of economic losses due to the flooding.

The southern regions of China have also been hit hard by the rainy season, with some major rivers exceeding levels recorded in 1998, one of the worst years for flooding-related deaths in recent history.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the media Wednesday that the country and its residents should be prepared for more hardship as the rain continues. He also warned officials that those found negligent would be severely punished.

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