China: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2017Ongoing
Over the past week, heavy rains in southern China caused severe floods and landslides affecting over 7.3 million people. A massive landslide in Xinmo village (Sichuan province), left at least 10 people dead and nearly 100 people still missing. The Government has deployed rescue teams to the affected areas. Red Cross Emergency Response Teams are also providing relief goods and support to the search and rescue operations. Heavy rainfall is forecasted in the coming days which could trigger additional landslides. (OCHA, 27 Jun 2017)
Heavy rains in the past few days have led to widespread flooding in southern China, killing over 15 and forcing the evacuation of tens and thousands of people. On July 3, 2017, China issued a grade-IV emergency response for rain and floods that have left 16 dead and 10 missing in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Over 92,000 residents have been relocated, according to the regional civil affairs department. The disaster has caused around 2.9 billion yuan in direct economic losses. (Xinhua, 03 July 2017)
Meanwhile, thousands are battling floods in various provinces along the Yangtze River. In Hunan province, the Xiangjian River reached a record 39.51 meters on July 3, beating the previous record of 39.18 set by a flood in 1998. Floods have inundated houses, uprooted trees, damaged cars and sabotaged roads in Changsha, capital of Hunan. Around 16,000 people are on high alert for flooding in neighboring Hubei while 28,100 people are battling against floods in eastern Jiangxi Province. The Chinese government has set aside a total of 1.88 billion yuan (276.8 million US dollars) to aid disaster relief in 20 provinces and regions. (Xinhua, 03 July 2017)
Natural disasters killed 204 people in China in the first six months of 2017, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction. Floods and geological hazards accounted for 134 of these deaths. (Xinhua, 12 Jul 2017)
Since 29 July, flash floods in Shaanxi Province have caused 10 deaths and prompted the evacuation of an estimated 76,800 people. The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have allocated 100 million yuan (about US$ 15 million) for flood relief operations. Parts of Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan provinces were also affected by localized flash floods, where authorities issued landslide warnings. The flood relief efforts are led by local authorities; no request for international assistance is expected. (OCHA, 07 Aug 2017)
Affected areas: Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet divisions
Cause of displacement Disaster:
Figures More than 427,000 new disaster displacements between 12 August and 4 September
Tropical Cyclone DOKSURI continued moving west over the South China Sea passing south of Hainan province (China), towards Vietnam. On 14 September at 18.00 UTC, it had max. sustained winds speed of 167 km/h and its centre was located approx. 240 km south-east of the coast of Quang Binh province (North Central Coast, Vietnam).
Tropical Cyclone DOKSURI (named MARING in the Philippines) continued moving west over South China Sea, toward Vietnam. On 14 September at 0.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds speed of 120 km/h and its centre was located approx. 350 km south-east of Hainan island (China).
Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving north-west, strengthening, and it could pass south of Hainan province (China) in the afternoon of 14 September UTC and it may reach North Central Region (Vietnam) as a Typhoon in the morning of 15 September.
Tropical Cyclone TALIM (named LANNIE in the Philippines) continued moving north-west over the East China Sea, strengthening. On 14 September 0.00 UTC its centre was located 750 km southwest of Kyushu island (Japan) and it had max. sustained winds speed of 213 km/h.
HAIKOU, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- South China's Hainan Province has activated an emergency response for approaching Typhoon Doksuri, which is set to skirt pass the province or land on coastal areas between Thursday night and Friday Morning.
Shipping services on the Qiongzhou Strait connecting China's Hainan and Guangdong provinces were suspended Thursday morning. High-speed trains in Hainan will be suspended starting Thursday noon.
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, more than 65,000 people at sea moved on shore, with over 24,000 fishing boats moored.
Natural disasters over the first semester of 2017
During the first semester of 2017, EM-DAT preliminary data shows that 149 disasters occurred in 73 countries. The impact of which resulted in 3,162 deaths, affected more than 80 million people and caused more than US$32.4 billion (A).
The major disasters were floods and landslides occurring in Asia, South America and Africa (B).
BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The meteorological authority Monday warned that flash flooding is likely to follow torrential rain in the northwest and southwest of the country.
Parts of Yunnan Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are likely see flash floods from Monday night to Tuesday night, the China Meteorological Administration said.
Local authorities were told to prepare for mud flows and landslides.
Since June, floods and droughts have hit both north and south China, with some regions severely affected.
GUANGZHOU, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 70,000 people have been evacuated after Mawar, the 16th typhoon this year, made landfall in Guangdong Province on Sunday night.
At least four cities, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Dongguan and Shenzhen, activated red alerts for heavy rainfall, the highest warning level, on Monday.
Zhuhai flood control headquarters ordered all schools to be closed as heavy rain continues to batter the city.
Typhoon Mawar made landfall in the city of Lufeng in Guangdong on Sunday night, bringing heavy downpours to the area.
CHENGDU, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Nine people are dead and one remains missing after torrential rain hit Sichuan and Guizhou provinces in southwest China, authorities said Saturday.
In Sichuan, seven people are dead and another missing after rain triggered flooding and landslides since Friday, provincial civil affairs authorities said in a statement.
Torrential rain has affected 165,000 people in 35 county-level areas, with more than 6,800 residents evacuated, the statement said.
BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's national weather observatory issued a yellow alert for rainstorms on Monday as heavy rain is expected in most of southern China over the next 24 hours.
From Monday to Tuesday, torrential rain is expected in parts of Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Some regions will receive up to 200 millimeters of precipitation, the NMC said.
GUANGZHOU, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Mawar, the 16th typhoon this year, landed around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in Lufeng under Shanwei city in south China's Guangdong Province, bringing gales of 20 meters per second at its eye, according to local meteorological authorities.
Heavy rain battered the landing areas. Local government said about 2,200 fishing boats had returned to the harbor while more than 15,000 people were relocated to safe places.
The National Meteorological Center issued yellow warning of typhoon at 10:00 a.m. on September 1. This year’s 16th typhoon Mawar is expected to make landfall on eastern Guangdong coast September 3. For this reason, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) activated a level three emergency response to Typhoon Mawar at 11:30 a.m. today. It is required that the relevant meteorological sectors attached to CMA enter the emergency position immediately and put corresponding meteorological services in place.
Central, eastern and western regions
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
More than 391,000 new displacements between 11 and 20 August
Editor: Song Lifang
XINING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were killed and two injured in a landslide in northwest China's Qinghai Province Wednesday, local authorities said.
The landslide at around 4:30 a.m. in a village in Machin county in Qinghai's Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture left nine people buried.
As of 2 p.m., all the buried had been found. Seven were confirmed dead, and one was severely injured while another sustained minor injuries, according to the county publicity department.
GUIYANG, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a landslide in southwest China's Guizhou Province on Monday morning rose to 26 on Thursday, with eight people injured and nine still missing, according to local authorities.
Rescue workers continue to search for the missing.
More than 2,800 people, including local police, fire fighters, medical workers and local government staff, along with 110 emergency vehicles, 20 life detectors and eight drones have been involved in the rescue, the rescue headquarters said.
Video footage showed large blocks of a mountain collapsing from a great height.
BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - A landslide caused part of a mountain to collapse on to a remote township in China's remote southwest on Monday, state media said, killing at least two people with 25 missing.
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GUANGZHOU, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakhar, the 14th typhoon of the year, landed in south China's Guangdong Province Sunday morning, days after Typhoon Hato made landfall in the province.
Pakhar landed in the coastal areas of the city of Taishan around 9 a.m. and weakened into a severe tropical storm from 10 a.m., according to Guangdong meteorological authorities.
The provincial flood control headquarters said the cities of Shenzhen, Huizhou, Shanwei, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen had seen rainstorms.
KUNMING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Geological disasters triggered by Typhoon Hato have left three people dead and 13 others missing in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said Saturday.
As of 10 a.m. Saturday, floods, landslides and mudslides had affected more than 410,000 people in 64 counties, forcing evacuation of nearly 8,400 people and causing the homes of 85 households to collapse, according to the provincial civil affairs department.