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Record China flooding impacts PPE supply chain to US

July 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Residents of Wuhan, China stayed indoors last week not because of another lockdown posed by a reemerging coronavirus threat, but because the worst flooding in decades has threatened their city.

(CNN)Residents of Wuhan, China stayed indoors last week not because of another lockdown posed by a reemerging coronavirus threat, but because the worst flooding in decades has threatened their city.

China flooding causes delays of up to three weeks

Torrential rain has created additional barriers for exporting goods, including PPE, as some shipments may be delayed by up to three weeks, according to a report from Reuters.

Red alerts were in place last week for Hubai, Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces as endless rain continued to batter the Yangtze River Basin.

Although flooding from monsoon rain occurs nearly every year across this part of China, the economic impact cannot be ignored as the country tries to escape the damaging effects of the lockdown posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to state news agency Xinhua, flooding through last week had caused 82. 23 billion yuan ($11. 76 billion USD) of economic losses in China.

More flooding rain is in the forecast as an unusually strong, stationary weather boundary continues to dump additional precipitation over already ravaged areas.

It has been particularly severe across the Jiangxi and Hubei provinces lately, where an additional 50 to 150 mm (2 to 6 inches) of rain is forecast over the next five days.

The latest weather model data suggests that the heaviest of rain (more than 150-250 mm -- or 6 to 10 inches -- over the next 5 days) will take place across the Shandong and Hainan provinces.

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