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China braces for more rainstorms over weekend, climate change blamed

Source(s):  Thomson Reuters

By David Stanway

Rainstorms are expected for large parts of China over the weekend, the state weather bureau said on Friday, forecasting even more extreme weather a day after some regions suffered more than 200 mm of rainfall.

China's emergency ministry warned that water levels in the middle reaches of the Yangtze river were expected to exceed warning levels, raising risks of geological disasters and urban waterlogging in central and southwest regions.

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"The devastating floods that we have seen are consistent with an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change," said Liu Junyan, a campaigner with Greenpeace East Asia.

"There is an urgent need to strengthen early warning systems for extreme weather events, to assess future climate risks in cities, and to improve flood management systems," she said.



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  • Publication date 03 Jul 2020

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