China’s economy, already battered by Covid-19 lockdowns, rising prices, disrupted supply chains and weakening consumer demand, faces a new threat: extreme weather.
Heavy flooding that has battered southern and eastern provinces is likely to continue in July and August, according to a government official.
Meanwhile, drought conditions are also exacerbating problems.
“At present, drought has emerged in some parts of northern China and developed rapidly, mainly concentrated in Inner Mongolia, Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu and other provinces and regions,” said Yao Wenguang, director of the Department of Flood and Drought Disaster Prevention of the Ministry of Water Resources.
Shandong, Henan and Hebei provinces have faced scorching heatwaves, pressuring the national power grid.
“It is predicted that from July to August, there will be more extreme weather events in China, and regional flood conditions and drought…