The Xiaolangdi Dam releases floodwaters in Jiyuan, Henan province on July 6. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc across China. Photo: Zuma Press/DPA
The Xiaolangdi Dam releases floodwaters in Jiyuan, Henan province on July 6. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc across China. Photo: Zuma Press/DPA

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Why are the floods so severe in China this year?

  • Worst flooding in decades has affected more than 37 million people and left 141 dead or missing
  • Climate change and developments that have reduced the size of freshwater lakes have contributed, according to experts

The Xiaolangdi Dam releases floodwaters in Jiyuan, Henan province on July 6. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc across China. Photo: Zuma Press/DPA
The Xiaolangdi Dam releases floodwaters in Jiyuan, Henan province on July 6. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc across China. Photo: Zuma Press/DPA
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