Four people were killed and nine others injured in a massive flood in Pengzhou, southwest China, according to local media.
“As of 7.30 pm, the mountain flood has killed four people, severely injured three, and lightly injured six others,” Pengzhou emergency response authorities said in a statement.
Videos on social media showed a rising water level in a river located on the outskirts of the city.
One of the videos shows several people standing in the shallow water and trying to flee to the West Bank in panic.
Pengzhou is located in Sichuan Province, which was one of the areas most affected by the floods.
Summer floods frequently occur in China. More than half a million people were forced to leave their homes in June alone in the wake of a massive flood in the south of the country.
Scientists say extreme weather around the world is becoming more frequent due to climate change and is likely to intensify as global temperatures rise.
China’s National Observatory has issued a red alert for high temperatures as mercury is expected to rise above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) across large swathes of the country this weekend, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Severe floods in southern China in June displaced more than half a million people and caused economic losses estimated at $250 million.