According to the People's Daily newspaper, citing the Chinese department of emergencies floods across 26 of China's regions since January have inflicted damage to more than 19 million people and caused direct economic loss totalling 41.6 billion yuan ($5.9 billion). Additionally, 121 people have either died or gone missing as a result of floods, according to the report.
Floods have reportedly destroyed some 17,000 buildings and affected 1.5 million hectares of agricultural lands.
At the same time, the Chinese emergencies department said, as cited in the report, that the number of people economically affected by floods in the first half of this year has decreased by 46 percent compared with the same period's average over the past five years. Within the same comparison framework, as stated in the report, the number of casualties has decreased by 51 percent, the number of destroyed buildings has decreased by 80 percent and the direct economic damage has decreased by 46 percent.