At least 22 people were killed by floods in Sichuan over the past weekend. An additional 21 people are reported missing. Areas such as Le Shan, Nanchong, Zigong, Jinyang, and Guangyuan saw floods of up to 3 meters high.
Around 400,000 people living near the banks of the Jialing River in Nanchong were relocated in anticipation of the region's most intense flooding since 1998 Fortunately, there were no casualties, although the Longwang Temple was completely submerged (top photo).
In Yibin's Pengshan County, four bridges collapsed.
Langzhong's Longmen River, in Nanchong, rose well above its normal level. Image link
In Mianyang, 300 villagers were evacuated when floods threatened to deluge the town.
A flash flood rushed through the village of Bazhong's Tongjiang Shan early Monday morning, killing 4 and leaving 16 missing. The region was submerged under about 3 meters of water in the span of about 10 minutes. After nearly two hours, the waters finally receded, leaving the village in a state of complete chaos.
Of course, it's not just Sichuan. Since the start of the year, countless areas of China have faced heavy floods due to extensive rainfalls. The adverse conditions have claimed up to 1,000 lives and destroyed acres of land.
Finally, lightning storms in the city of Chengdu caused massive flight delays from Chengdu's Shuangliu Airport. Almost 100 flights were delayed, leaving close to 9,000 passengers stranded in the airport. By the next day, with the rescheduled flights, a total of 657 flights were scheduled to depart from Shuangliu Airport, setting a new record for Chengdu's modest ShuangLiu Airport.
—Compiled by Yin Tan