The economic losses in dollars are believed to run into the billions. Nearly two months of heavy rains have swelled 433 rivers, some of which are reaching record levels.
Chinese authorities have issued flood warnings and deployed soldiers to evacuate people and consolidate dikes.
Some environmentalists blame climate change. Others raise concerns about the country’s dams – including the Three Gorges, which are struggling with extreme water flows. The dam was once a great national pride.
But what effects do these megaprojects have on people and the environment?
Presenter: Laura Kyle
Dan Wang – Analyst, Access China, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Peter McCawley – Associate Professor at Australian National University; author of Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific
Source: Al Jazeera News