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Rescuers search for stranded people while wading through waterlogged area in Weihui City, China on July 28. Photo: Li An/Xinhua via Getty Images

The death toll from last month's severe flooding in central China climbed to 302 on Monday, with 50 people still missing, AP reported.

Driving the news: China experienced record rainfall on July 20, which resulted in flooding throughout Zhengzhou and surrounding cities. The death toll as of last Friday was 99.

The big picture: Many victims died in mudslides, house collapses and underground areas like basements and garages, per AP. A subway line was partially flooded during the rainfall, leaving people trapped inside the subway cars as the waters rose. Fourteen people died in the incident.

  • Nearly 1.5 million people have been evacuated because of the rains and floods, according to local authorities, AP reported.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Andrew Freedman: Studies show that as the planet warms due to human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels for energy, heavy precipitation events are becoming more likely and more severe.

  • This has played out worldwide in recent years and showcased the inadequacy of current infrastructure to withstand a more volatile climate.

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Hurricane Ida death toll rises to 26 in Louisiana

Homes destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 2 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The death toll from Hurricane Ida's wake rose by 11 in Louisiana on Wednesday after health officials reported additional fatalities in New Orleans.

Details: The newest figures from Orleans Parish coroner's office bring the state's tally to 26, according to the state's health department. The newly recorded deaths occurred between Aug. 30 and Monday.

First look: After Ida, flood forecasting gets a boost from Tomorrow.io

Tomorrow.io's flood forecasting interface. Screenshot: Tomorrow.io

Tomorrow.io, the fast-growing weather and climate intelligence provider, unveiled Thursday a flood risk index for its data platform. The goal is to help cities, companies and others better prepare for extreme precipitation events.

Why it matters: The new product, first revealed by Axios, arrives following devastating flooding from Hurricane Ida, which left dozens dead in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York last week.

"Justice for J6" rally underway with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday ahead of the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

Driving the news: About an hour before the rally was set to begin, media and police officers — from the U.S. Capitol Police and D.C.'s police department — vastly outnumbered the demonstrators in attendance, according to reporters at the event.

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