Rain causes death to 15 in south-west China, as President Xi urges better defences

Heavy Rain caused death to 15 in south-west China. Rescue workers saving and taking away stranded residents in Chongqing. President Xi Jinping asks  for more attempts to save the public from extreme weather. Heavy rains have led to devastating floods and disturbing mudslides in recent weeks, while hail storms and unpredictability high temperatures, which many people doubt is the result of global warming, have led to misery to many parts of China. In the sprawling city of Chongqing, floods have forced thousands from their homes, bridges have been collapsed, and homes and cars washed away.

As well as the 15 people lost their lives over recent days, four have not been found as of early Wednesday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The last round of rain has disturbed the lives of more than 130,000 people and damaged more than 7,500ha of crops. In Wanzhou district, north-east of Chongqing, floods have led to 227.8 million yuan (S$42.5 million) worth of economic losses, state broadcaster CCTV said. Videos on social media revealed ferocious rivers in towns and cities, and people being getting saved through waist-deep water. One clip revealed rescuers breaking through a window security mesh to reach people who were trapped in an apartment.