China: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2016
In June 2016, severe weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail, affected the central and southern areas of the country, causing casualties and damage. According to national authorities, five people have died, one has gone missing, 11 have been injured, over 3 600 people have been evacuated and over 23 600 houses have been partially or fully damaged in the provinces of Shanxi, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, as of 7 June. (ECHO, 7 Jun 2016)
As of 23 June, 9 million people have been affected by torrential rainfall across 10 provinces of southern China, with flooding triggering the temporary evacuation of at least 388,000 people. Also on 23 June, severe weather in the coastal province of Jiangsu spawned a tornado as well as torrential rain and hailstorm. The severe weather caused 98 deaths, with at least 800 people injured and more than 8,000 homes destroyed in Funing County. (OCHA, 27 Jun 2016)
Torrential rainfall over the middle and lower Yangtze River in late June exacerbated flooding in the surrounding areas. The most recent rainfall affected nearly 2.8 million people in 11 provinces (Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan). At least 14 deaths have been recorded and some 20 people are reported missing, with 120,000 people temporarily relocated due to the recent flooding. With 40,000 people in need of immediate assistance, the Government of China launched a Level IV (national) emergency response, with emergency supplies delivered to the affected areas. (OCHA, 4 Jul 2016)
Heavy rains and hailstorms have triggered severe floods and landslides in parts of Southern China, affecting over 600,000 people and displacing over 240,000 people. According to government estimates published at the beginning of July, 128 people were killed while another 42 were reported missing. On 9 July, a landslide caused by torrential rains in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China took the lives of another 36 people. (IFRC, 12 Jul 2016)
Since 18 July, continuous heavy rainfall affected several areas of northern, central and eastern China triggering floods and landslides. As of 28 July, 417 flood-related deaths had been recorded, with 162 people still missing. The China National Commission for Disaster Management and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have launched 16 Level IV national responses and deployed 17 teams across the affected areas. No international support has been requested. (OCHA, 1 Aug 2016)
In August, flooding in five provinces (including Beijing, Hebei, Shandong, Liaoning and Heilongjiang) has affected around 78,000 people and caused one death, while some 4,400 people have been temporarily relocated. Heavy rain and flooding also continue to impact Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces in southern China with 121,000 people affected and 4,700 temporarily relocated.(OCHA, 22 Aug 2016)
As of 19 September, typhoons Meranti and Malakas have affected 2.7 million people across 16 cities and 107 counties in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, and Jiangxi provinces, with 29 deaths and 15 people missing. Level IV emergency responses were launched by the China National Disaster Commission for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and Ministry of Civil Affairs for Fujian (16 September) and Zhejiang (18 September), with more than 4,100 people in need of immediate assistance. (OCHA, 19 Sep 2016)
Since 18 September, torrential rainfall has caused flooding, mud flows and landslides in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. As of 22 September, 14 deaths were confirmed and nine people were reported missing while an additional 5,400 people were temporarily relocated. 81,000 people across 28 counties and 13 cities in the two provinces have been affected, including over 8,000 people who need immediate assistance. (OCHA, 26 Sep 2016)
Typhoon Megi made a second landfall in Quanzhou city, Fujian Province, in eastern China early on 28 September as a Category 1 typhoon. The state media reported that heavy rainfall triggered landslides in Zhejiang Province killing eight people while 19 people are still missing. Local authorities are providing assistance to the affected communities. (OCHA, 3 Oct 2016)
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.
A number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years. Losses totalled US$ 175bn, a good two-thirds more than in the previous year, and very nearly as high as the figure for 2012 (US$ 180bn). The share of uninsured losses – the so-called protection or insurance gap – remained substantial at around 70%. Almost 30% of the losses, some US$ 50bn, were insured.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Winter wheat plantings in 2017 increased slightly compared to last year’s level
Cereal production in 2016 forecast to decrease marginally
Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast sharply down from 2015/16 record level
Prices of rice and wheat stable in recent month
Winter wheat plantings in 2017 increased slightly compared to last year’s level
BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (8 December 2016) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $150 million for a project to raise living standards in Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province, through a project that will address flood and environmental risks.
Nouveau record en vue: 2016 devrait être encore plus chaude que 2015
Tout semble indiquer que 2016 sera l’année la plus chaude qui ait été observée depuis le début des relevés et que la température moyenne sera même supérieure au record établi en 2015. Selon les données provisoires dont dispose l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la température moyenne en 2016 devrait être supérieure d’environ 1,2 °Celsius à ce qu’elle était à l’époque préindustrielle.
2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.
It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Tropical Cyclone SARIKA made landfall close to Fangchenggang city (Guangxi province, China) on 19 morning UTC, as a Tropical Storm. It then continued moving north north-east over Guangxi, dissipating.
According to National Authorities, as of 20 October early morning (UTC), in China over 47 000 people have been evacuated and over 2 500 houses have been partially or fully damaged in Hainan.
Over the next 24 h, heavy rain could still affect the southern provinces of China (Hainan, Guangdong, Yunann, Guizhou and Guangxi) and northern Vietnam.
Tropical Cyclone SARIKA, after crossing Hainan province (China), is reaching north-eastern Vietnam, as a Tropical Storm. On 19 October at 0.00 (UTC) it center was located 35 km off the coast of Van Don district (Quang Ninh province, Vietnam) and had max. sustained winds of 65 km/h (Tropical Storm).
HAIKOU, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Sarika, the 21st typhoon of the year, made landfall in south China's Hainan Tuesday morning as torrential rain and gales lashed the island province.
The tropical cyclone, with maximum winds of up to 162 km per hour recorded in the eye of the storm, landed at Hele Town, Wanning City, at 9:50 a.m., according to the local meteorological bureau.
The National Meteorological Center issued a red alert, its highest-level alert, for Sarika, Tuesday morning.
SARIKA (KAREN) made landfall in the Aurora province, in eastern Luzon in the Philippines at around 18.00 UTC on 15 October, as a strong Typhoon with max. sust. winds of the order of 200 km/h. It crossed swiftly the island of Luzon from east to west, passing through the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Vizcava, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan, losing some strength but remaining a Typhoon. It emerged over the South China Sea a few hours after landfall and moved W-NW in the general direction of Hainan province of China.
BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Sunday activated a level II emergency mechanism to cope with approaching Typhoon Sarika and Haima.
Typhoon Sarika is expected to make landfall in Hainan on Tuesday morning, while Typhoon Haima will hit Guangdong in south China on Thursday.
Heavy rain and gales will affect the southern coastal areas in the coming days, according to the headquarters.
On 27 September, Typhoon Megi, made landfall in Taiwan Province of China killing four people and injuring over 160 people. Megi caused power outages which affected over 3 million houses – the worst disruption of electrical supply in Taiwan Province of China since Typhoon Soudelor in 2015 (which cut power to more than 4 million houses).
BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Megi has claimed 10 lives in China and left another 29 missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on Friday.
Five deaths were reported in east China's Zhejiang Province and five were reported in southeast China's Fujian Province, the ministry said in a statement.
As of 9 a.m. on Friday, about 2.09 million people had been affected as the impact of the typhoon spread to 16 cities in three provinces, including Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi.
HANGZHOU, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Megi has wreaked havoc in east China's Zhejiang Province, causing huge economic losses.
Megi, the 17th typhoon this year, forced the evacuation of 236,000 people in the province and destroyed 333 houses, leading to a direct economic loss of 2.68 billion yuan (402 million U.S. dollars), according to the provincial department of civil affairs.
China, Japan - Tropical Cyclone MEGI (GDACS, Local media)
Tropical Cyclone MEGI continued moving north-west over the provinces of Fujian and Jiangxi, weakening and dissipating on 28 September.
Local media, as of 29 September early morning UTC, reported five people killed: four in Taiwan and another in Fujian province, mainland China. Meanwhile, 27 people are still missing after a landslide that occurred in Zhejiang province on 28 September.
China, Japan - Tropical Cyclone MEGI UPDATE (GDACS, JTWC, CWB, JMA, CMA, Local media)
TC MEGI continued moving north-west over the Taiwan strait and made a second landfall over Huian county (Fujian province, China), as a Typhoon on 28 September early morning (UTC). On 28 September at 6.00 UTC its center was located over land close to Longyan city (Fujian) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 93km/h (Tropical Storm).
- TC MEGI continued moving north-west and made landfall over Hualien county (Taiwan) on 27 September early morning (UTC), as a Typhoon. On 27 September at 6.00 UTC its centre was located over eastern Taichung county (Taiwan) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 213 km/h (Typhoon).
- Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving north-west weakening. Its centre may move over Fujian province (China) on 27 September afternoon (UTC) possibly as a Typhoon. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the areas along its path.
TC MEGI continued moving north-west strengthening. On 27 September at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 180 km south-east of Hualien county (Taiwan) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 185 km/h.
BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters activated a level III emergency response on Monday for the approaching Typhoon Megi.
The headquarters urged local authorities to take precautions and dispatched five work teams to the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Hunan to prepare aid and relief.
[JTWC] Summary: TYPHOON 20W (MEGI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 152 NM SOUTHEAST OF TAIPEI, TAIWAN, HAS TRACKED NORTHWESTWARD AT 13 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 270000Z IS 36 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 270900Z, 271500Z, 272100Z AND 280300Z.