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Dongjiang River in south China floods for first time in 2024


Citizens go out in the rain, Guangzhou, China, April 27, 2024. /CFP
Citizens go out in the rain, Guangzhou, China, April 27, 2024. /CFP

Citizens go out in the rain, Guangzhou, China, April 27, 2024. /CFP

China's Ministry of Water Resources on Sunday announced that Dongjiang River, in the Pearl River Basin of south China, has flooded for the first time this year.

Affected by heavy rainfall, water flows at a hydrological station in the city of Huizhou in Guangdong Province rose to 7,000 cubic meters per second at 8:55 p.m. on Sunday, reaching the flood standard set by the ministry.

The ministry has maintained a Level-IV emergency flood control response in the province. China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most severe response.

The local meteorological observatory anticipated severe convective weather in Guangzhou from Sunday to Monday, affected by high-altitude air pressure variations and southerly airflow, with heavy rain arriving primarily in the afternoon. Guangzhou will continue to endure severe convective weather on Tuesday, with more heavy rain and flooding.

Since the beginning of the year, China has seen 13 severe convective weather events, sometimes known as severe storms or extreme storms. Sun Shao, a senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, told Global Times that the rising frequency and intensity of extreme weather events might be caused by a global temperature rise.

Changes in the Earth's climate system affect atmospheric water vapor content. Warming climates increase surface and ocean evaporation, raising water vapor levels and promoting severe convective weather. According to Sun, climate change can alter air circulation, intensifying cyclone and front development, and fueling extreme convective weather.

(With input from Xinhua)

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