OCHA Flash Update 1 - China: Sichuan Province Floods, 18 July 2013
Over the past month, severe rainfall in Sichuan Province has caused extensive damage to livelihoods and resulted in loss of lives. Landslides, torrential rain and other secondary disasters continue to occur and over 300 severe torrential flood geological disasters have been detected. The situation in Xingfu County in Dujiangyan is particularly acute, with over 1,129 millimetres of rainfall in five days, exceeding the average annual rainfall in Dujiangyan of 1,121 millimetres.
As of 15 July, the Provincial Government estimates that nearly 3.5 million people have been affected, of which, 58 have perished, 175 are missing and over 300,000 have been displaced. The economic damage has also been extensive with up to 160,000 hectares of crops affected, over 13,000 houses collapsed and damage to roads, power lines, communications, reservoirs and dams also reported. Direct economic losses amount to RMB 27.95 billion.
The Sichuan Provincial Government has mobilized all its resources in the response through the deployment of its disaster relief response teams and the allocation of RMB 199 million for the flood response. As of 15 July, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs have allocated living grants worth 450 million RMB to Sichuan, Anhui, Hubei and Chongqing in response to natural disasters in order to assist with relocation, house reconstruction, transitional living of disaster affected persons.
OCHA and its humanitarian partners are closely monitoring the situation. It is not expected that OCHA will issue another Flash Update.
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