Heavy rain in recent days has caused significant flooding in the southern provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan, and Jiangxi as of Wednesday, June 24. At least three people have reportedly died in Guizhou province, with unconfirmed reports claiming the death toll is as high as 20. Some 15,000 people have also been internally displaced in the province due to the adverse weather.
To the north of Guizhou, about 40,000 people have been forced to evacuate in the mega-city of Chongqing after torrential downpour caused the water levels to rise rapidly in the Yangtze River, putting some of the city's neighborhoods underwater. The flooding in the city is reported to be the worst in the last 40 years.
Heavy rain is forecast to continue to affect several areas in the coming days, with severe weather warnings in place for Guangxi, Guizhou, Chongqing, Sichuan, Hunan, and Jiangxi through Saturday, June 27.
Disruptions to travel and infrastructure are anticipated over the coming days.
Individuals in the abovementioned areas are advised to monitor flood levels and local weather alerts, anticipate road closures and other transportation disruptions, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain chemical products and wastewater; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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