Heavy rains in the province, known for its coal mining, have raised concerns about power supply as the country moves towards winter.
At least 15 people have been killed and three others are missing after continuous and heavy rains caused by floods in China’s northern Shanxi province, state media say.
The state-run newspaper Global Times reported on Tuesday that at least 1.755 million people had been affected by the floods and about 120,000 had been displaced since 1,500 homes “collapsed”.
The report did not say which area of Shanxi was most affected. The province is located west of Beijing and covers about 156,000 square kilometers (60,000 square miles).
The initial direct economic loss is estimated at at least 70 770 million, the report said.
The Xinhua news agency said the emergency flood response was already being reduced, indicating that the situation had stabilized, with water levels in small and medium-sized rivers falling below the warning mark.
The floods hit the country’s central Henan province in July, just months after the record-breaking floods hit – killing more than 30,000 people – and raising concerns about ensuring a pre-winter power supply.
Sanxi, a landlocked province with generally dry weather, had record-breaking rains last week, according to the provincial government, which instructed the coal mines to take flood-prevention measures and “immediately activate” emergency plans in case of severe danger. “
At least a dozen coal mines in the province have suspended operations due to floods, a local government statement said, even as the country faces a power supply crisis.
Beijing recently instructed coal mines to cut production to increase production and ensure supply, saying it would allow electricity prices to rise to boost production.
Amid record coal prices, state electricity price controls and tight emission targets, China has been the victim of massive power outages that have cut off power supplies.
Floods in the north have displaced 1.755 million people after five days of rain.
More than 120,000 people have been evacuated from Sanki, a generally arid region. The floods destroyed more than 17,000 buildings and destroyed about 500,000 acres of crops. pic.twitter.com/9mizE4JSiy
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Xinhua had earlier reported that Shanxi received more than three times the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week.
According to the Provincial Meteorological Bureau, the average rainfall in the province from October 2 to 7 reached 119.5 mm (4.7 inches).
An estimated 190,000 hectares (470,000 acres) of crops were also destroyed, the local Communist Party newspaper Shanxi Evening News reported.
Video footage released by Shanxi Evening News shows rescuers floating in muddy waters and flooding urban streets.
Meanwhile, state broadcaster CCTV reported that workers were repairing a broken dam and that railroads were suspended on water after parts of the bridge collapsed.