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Heavy floods in northern China have killed at least 28 people, in which 13 people who were traveling on a bus fell into a flowing river, Chinese officials announced on Tuesday. , a disaster that comes a few months after the western part of the country. Another was hit by a devastating flood that killed more than 300 people.

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37 people were rescued by bus in the country’s Hebei province and seven of them have been hospitalized, Associated Press informed ofCiting Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Just outside the city of Shijiazhuang, about 165 miles southwest of Beijing, it fell from a bridge into a flooded river.

In addition to the bus incident, 15 people were killed by flooding in neighboring Shanxi province, which destroyed about 19,500 homes and 470,000 acres of crops.

According to Chinese state media, more than 120,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and at least 1.75 million people have been affected by the floods.

Heavy flooding in normally arid Shanxi province also damaged a section of an ancient city wall in Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The death toll from the disaster could rise further as officials famous that three people are missing.

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5 billion ($775 million). Local officials estimate that this is the total amount of direct economic damage caused by the severe floods on Monday.

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On Saturday, authorities in Shanxi province were forced to close 60 coal mines due to heavy rain, disrupting production at the country’s biggest coal mining hub. The pause on mining activities comes at a time when the Chinese government is trying to address power shortages that have affected industries and homes across the country. Monday’s disaster is the second major flood in China this year. In July, floods caused by record rains in central China killed more than 300 people, submerging a part of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan province.

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Scientists have said climate change is making extreme weather events like flooding worse—and they want the number of people at risk from floods to increase significantly. In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raised the alarm that global temperatures are likely to rise above the 1.5 °C limit set by the Paris climate agreement within the next 20 years, unless measures are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Quick and drastic action is not taken. . The IPCC report noted that climate change is already affecting every region on the planet and warned that extreme floods, droughts, wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes could increase in frequency and Ready to escalate in severity.

At least 28 killed, 13 hit by bus in China floods (The Associated Press)

Heavy rains and floods kill at least 15 in northern China (CNN)