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

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