Meteorological official Wang Wenyi said at a press conference on Tuesday that the province experienced the worst flooding on record this month, adding that the province’s average rainfall in October was 13 times that of the same period in normal years.
Local emergency management official Wang Qirui said at a press conference that at least 1.75 million people were affected by the flood, at least 19,500 houses collapsed, and another 18,200 houses were severely damaged. Wang Qirui added that three people are still missing.
According to Wang Qirui, the direct economic loss caused by heavy rains and floods in the province is estimated to exceed RMB 5 billion (USD 775 million).
According to the state media CCTV, the provincial government has allocated 50 million yuan (approximately US$7.7 million) to support flood prevention and disaster relief efforts.
This is not the first time China has been hit by a devastating flood this year.
Laura He of CNN Business and CNN Beijing branch contributed to this report.