A severe rainstorm-triggered flood hits most parts of Sichuan Province in southwest China this month, which has affected 3.4 million people of 15 cities, 90 counties including Aba, Deyang, Chengdu, Ya’an, Mianyang. At least 68 people were killed in the disaster and 179 were reported missing.
The rainstorm started to batter Sichuan from July 7, mainly focused on the quake-hit areas like Wenchuan, Ya’an. The situation was aggravated by a landslide triggered by a rainstorm. Local transport and telecommunications facilities were also damaged at varying degrees. Government authorities have relocated people in case of geological disasters triggered by the rain.
Tourism of Sichuan has been slightly impacted due to the rainstorm. Leshan City will be closing the city’s all scenic spots including Mt. Emei temporarily on July 17 and July 18. Hailuokou Scenic Spot in Ganzi Prefecture will be reopening after the heavy rain. The good news is, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong, Four Girls Mountain and some other scenic spots are still open as usual. And 14 giant pandas that are receiving wild training in Wolong are also in good condition.