Floods

About 130 killed in China flooding; farms and crops decimated

July 4: An employee looks at pigs, which cannot be moved away from a flooded farm due to an environmental protection and epidemic prevention measure, before he leaves for a safer place in Liu'an, Anhui Province

July 4: An employee looks at pigs, which cannot be moved away from a flooded farm due to an environmental protection and epidemic prevention measure, before he leaves for a safer place in Liu'an, Anhui Province  (Reuters)

Severe flooding has decimated a region west of Shanghai, killing as many as 130 people and millions of animals while damaging $5.7 billion worth of crops, Reuters reported.

The rain over the past week forced 1.3 million from their homes in Anhui. Aside from the loss of crops, the flooding reportedly killed 7,100 hogs, 215 bulls and 5.14 million fowl, according to the China News Service.

The reported death toll varied. The BBC reported more than 180 dead and at least 45 missing. Dozens reportedly died in a mudslide in Guizhou Province.

“Our country’s flood control work has entered a critical stage. For the next step, the state authorities will make plans based on the most adverse situation,” the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said in a statement on its website.

China's State Television showed images of rescue efforts, damaged areas, and urban areas swamped by water.

According to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, rainfall since late-June has destroyed 22,000 houses and forced 726,000 to relocate in provinces including Jiangsu, Hubei, Henan and Sichuan.

Water in 43 rivers has exceeded warning levels and authorities have sent workers to patrol the river dykes, said Chen Guiya, an official with the Yangtze River Water Resources Commission.

China's meteorological authority renewed its orange alert for heavy rain in the south and southwest of the country on Monday. China has a four-tier color-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.