China: Floods - Jun 2011

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Heavy rainfalls since June 3 have drenched the previously parched lower and middle parts of the Yangtze River basin, increasing water of rivers to alert levels in the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan and Guizhou. Heavy rains have inundated parts of 12 provinces in central and southern China and affected more than 4.8 million people so far since the flood season arrived in the beginning of June. As of 8 June 2011, floods have killed at least 52 people and left 32 missing and destroyed at least 7,462 houses and submerged 255,000 hectares of farmland. (Xinhua, 8 June 2011)

As of 20 June 2011, four rounds of torrential rains have battered the region, causing floods and landslides in the Yangtze River's downstream provinces and several other provinces. At least 175 people have died and 1.6 million people were displaced in 510 counties of the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Chongqing Municipality. (Xinhua, 20 June 2011)

Heavy rain that began on 22 August 2011 has affected people in Hubei Province as well as 14 counties and townships in western Hubei. The rain has triggered landslides and floods in Xingshan County, where at least one person was killed when a house collapsed, while another was missing. More than 294 houses were toppled and about 15.5 kilometers of roads have been damaged. (Xinhua, 23 August 2011)

Heavy rainfalls since 1 September 2011 has left at least 70 people dead and 32 others missing. Heavy downpours, floods and other related disasters have affected Sichuan, Shaanxi, Henan, Chongqing, Hubei, Shandong, Shanxi and Gansu. (Xinhua, 20 September 2011)

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