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Fatal floods hit Chinese city of Chongqing as President Xi Jinping warns all country’s main rivers are at risk

Fatal floods hit Chinese city of Chongqing as President Xi Jinping warns all country’s main rivers are at risk

  • At least 15 people have died and thousands have been forced to evacuate after days of heavy rainfall in the southwestern city.
  • Chinese leader warns the country is entering a critical phase of the flood season and warns officials to be prepared with all seven significant waterways at risk.

Chongqing residents were trapped in their homes after a sudden surge in floodwaters. Photo: Xinhua

Flooding in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing has killed at least 15 people and displaced thousands more as President Xi Jinping warned that all seven of China’s major rivers were at risk of flooding.

The city’s Wanzhou district has seen heavy downpours since Monday. By the following day, the Wuqiao River burst its banks, flooding buildings on both banks in as little as half an hour and trapping residents at home, according to the local emergency services.

References: SCMP (https://publ.cc/XVyKLW)

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