ACT Alliance: Alert 22/2010 for China - ACT responds to floods emergency in south-west China
Weeks of torrential rains since early July have resulted in flooding and landslides in south and east China, which have worsened again since July 15. As of July 16, according to official reports at 16:00pm (local time), a total of 11 provinces and municipalities, including Anhui (east China), Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan (south-west China) have been affected, mostly along the Yangtze River. According to the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources, the water flowing into the massive Three Gorges Dam is expected to reach 69000 m3 per second. The Hydrographic Office of Yangtze River issued a flood warning yesterday of potential flooding on the scale of those in 1998 when over 4,000 people were killed and around 18 million forced to leave their homes. The situation is being closely monitored as more rain and flooding is expected with the typhoon season having already arrived.