A low pressure hovering off the coast of southern China has caused the heaviest rain of the flood season.
Torrential rain, strong winds, and thunderstorms have caused flooding to occur in Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangdong, and other areas.
Water was waist-deep along the roads, and firefighters urged residents to evacuate. Some residents were carried on firefighters’ backs to the hospital as cars became flooded with water, leaving people stranded.
Amid the flood, people found it challenging to move around. The Beijing News reported on May 11 that there was a citizen trapped in a car on National Road 105, Sanxiang Town, Zhongshan city. In addition, many citizens in Sanxiang were unable to seek medical treatment due to the flooding.
According to the report, ten locations in Guangdong have issued red warnings for severe rain with more than 100 millimeters of rain falling in three hours, while eight locations have issued orange warnings for heavy rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds with more than 50 millimeters in three hours.
Guangdong has become submerged in muddy brown water due to the torrential rain, and the city now resembles an ocean. Many vehicles became submerged, and with facilities inoperational, a critical situation arose due to the high level of stagnant water.
Because of the food shortages, lockdown, and restricted movements due to COVID-19, people might struggle even more in the times ahead.