China’s breathtaking economic growth created cities ill-equipped to face extreme weather. Last week’s dramatic floods showed that much will have to change.
Climate change is making the world more prone to floods like those in China and Europe and to heat waves and fires like those in the U.S. and Russia.
More than 20cm of rain falls in an hour on the city of Zhengzhou - more water than fell on the hardest-hit parts of Germany over three days in the recent European floods.
China is braced for more rainfall as Henan province’s weather bureau has raised an alert in four cities