South China’s Heavy Rainfall Spurs 100+ Landslides, Leaves Residents Trapped in Floods

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Eight days ago, Typhoon Haikui battered southern China, weakening into a tropical storm, yet unyielding rain persists, inundating southwestern Guangxi.

Heavy rainfall in Hepu county, Beihai, caused flooding in Shankou town, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. (Photo: Reuters)

Continuous heavy rain resulting from the remnants of Typhoon Haikui has led to a dire situation in southern China. More than 100 landslides have occurred, trapping approximately 1,360 residents in floodwaters and claiming the lives of at least seven people, according to state media.

Typhoon Haikui initially struck southern China eight days ago and was later downgraded to a tropical storm. However, unrelenting rainfall has persisted, particularly affecting southwestern Guangxi.

In the past three days, incessant storms in Yulin city triggered 115 landslides, causing extensive damage to roads, uprooting trees, and inducing floods. Authorities issued emergency warnings for national and provincial trunk highways. Rescue operations are still underway, with three individuals reported as missing.

Further south, Beihai city experienced widespread downpours that inundated the area. Rescue teams were seen evacuating residents in boats as approximately 1,360 people were trapped. The city’s observatory raised its storm warning to the highest level, citing risks of flash floods, geological disasters, and waterlogging.

Scientists are increasingly concerned about the intensification and complex paths of typhoons hitting China, posing a growing risk of disasters, even in cities like Shenzhen with robust flood defenses.

The China Meteorological Administration has forecasted more heavy rain in southern and southeastern Guangxi, with storms in the southwest. Localized hourly precipitation may reach 70mm in some areas. They also warned of potential delayed effects of recent frequent rainfall in Guangdong and Guangxi, urging vigilance among relevant departments and residents.

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