Continued rains caused 22 major rivers to exceed their flood alert threshold, flooding urban areas in cities such as Ya'an and Leshan.
In Yibin city, where 26,000 people have also been evacuated, it is feared that the rains will overflow the Min River, the northern river head of the Yangtze.
“It is the worst flood in the area in 50 years,” local CCTV station reported, showing images of residents cleaning mud and debris from their houses with shovels and brooms after the arrival of water torrents, which have also blocked roads and streets in the region.
Likewise, water levels in streams on the Baishuijiang, Baihe, and Tangzhu rivers have surpassed their all-time highs, with levees broken in some sections.
The floods even covered the feet of the UNESCO World Heritage Leshan Giant Buddha statue on the outskirts of the Leshan city, the first time that has happened since 1949.