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Roads Become Rivers: Nearly 4 Million Chinese Evacuated Or Displaced From Flooding

With at least 158 dead and thousands of homes collapsed after heavy rains, experts say it's time for China to rethink its water management.
China's Ministry of Emergency Management estimates nearly 55 million people from 27 provinces are affected by this year's flood season. At least 158 people are dead or missing. Source: Amy Cheng

First China was hit by the novel coronavirus. Now it is dealing with the worst flooding in more than 20 years across vast swaths, from its southwestern interior to its east coast.

Zeng Hailin is one of an estimated 3.7 million people displaced or evacuated because of floods in China largely since June.

He lost his job in a uniform factory in Zhejiang province because of the coronavirus pandemic, so he returned to his hometown a few hours away, in Anhui province. His troubles didn't end there. In July, weeks of torrential rain led the small river near his house

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