China: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2017
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 15 million US dollars) 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)
On 27 August, Tropical Storm Pakhar made landfall in China, bringing high winds and rain to Hong Kong and Macau just days after one of the strongest typhoons on record, Hato, caused serious flooding and damage in the same areas. (OCHA, 28 Aug 2017)
Between 20 August and 2 September, more than 28,000 people were evacuated in Fujian province due to the effects of Typhoon Hato and Tropical Storm Mawar. Meanwhile, more than 17,000 people were evacuated in the south-west provinces of Chongqing, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan of the Southwest region between 23 August and 6 September following heavy rains that triggered flooding and landslides. In addition, around 800 people were evacuated in the north-west provinces of Qinghai and Shaanxi between 30 August and 4 September following heavy rains and landslides. (IDMC, 6 Sep 2017)
As of 9 October, 23 people have died due to heavy rain that started on 1 October. Storms have forced the evacuation of nearly 34,000 people in Chongqing Municipality and the provinces of Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi. More than 5,200 houses collapsed and over 24,000 were damaged. Direct economic losses are estimated at 3.26 billion yuan (490.3 million US dollars). (Xinhua, 9 Oct 2017)
As of 12 October, 5 people have been killed and approximately 26,700 people evacuated due to torrential rain in Hubei Province. More than 8,500 homes were destroyed. Direct economic losses are estimated at approximately 4 billion yuan (about 608 million US dollars). (Xinhua, 12 Oct 2017)
On 16 October, Typhoon Khanun made landfall in Xuwen county, Guangdong Province, in southern China early on 16 October. The Guangdong Flood Control and Drought Relief hq reported that more than 368,000 people within heavily affected areas of the province, and at least 38,200 tourists, had been relocated in advance of the typhoon. Guangdong, and neighbouring provinces Fujian and Hainan, experienced disruption to construction, schooling, maritime and transportation operations. The same day, Typhoon Khanun was downgraded to a tropical storm and emergency response levels were lowered in Guangdong on the same day. (Xinhua, 16 Oct 2017)
On November 8, heavy downpours forced the evacuation of over 11,000 people in southern China's Hainanan province. Meanwhile in the city of Wanning, over 78 villages were flooded, a highway section was inundated, and all schools were suspended. Fire fighters, border patrol, and armed police have been deployed for rescue operations. (Xinhua, 08 Nov 2017)
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HAINAN, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Over 11,000 people have been evacuated in southern China's Hainan Province after heavy rain battered the island, the provincial flood control authority said Wednesday.
Heavy downpours started to hit Hainan on Monday, with a total of 46 townships affected, the authority said.
In the city of Wanning, over 78 villages were flooded, a highway section was inundated and all schools were suspended for Tuesday.
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BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters left 799 people dead and 90 missing nationwide in the first nine months, according to a statement by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction Wednesday.
Torrential rain which caused floods and other geological disasters, resulted in 608 deaths, the statement said.
Natural disasters caused a total of 315 billion yuan (about 47.7 billion U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses, and forced relocation of about 4.7 million people.
GUANGZHOU, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Khanun, the 20th typhoon this year, made landfall at around 3:25 a.m. Monday in Xuwen county, south China's Guangdong Province,bring gales of 28 meters per second at its eye, according to local meteorological authorities.
Rain started to fall in some cities in Guangdong from Monday morning, but did not considerably affect the daily lives of locals.
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-12 22:41:41|Editor: yan
WUHAN, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Torrential rain in central China's Hubei Province has left five dead.
The downpour forced the evacuation of 26,700 people, destroyed more than 8,500 houses and caused direct economic loss estimated at 4 billion yuan (about 608 million U.S. dollars).
Local civil affairs department has sent relief goods to affected areas.
An emergency response has been issued for heavy rain in the province.
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-09 20:18:40|Editor: Mengjie
BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-three people have died after heavy rain hit parts of China starting Oct. 1, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.
As of 9 a.m. Monday, storms have forced the evacuation of nearly 34,000 people in Chongqing Municipality and the provinces of Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi, the ministry said.
More than 5,200 houses collapsed and over 24,000 were damaged due to the heavy rain. Direct economic losses are estimated at 3.26 billion yuan (490.3 million U.S. dollars).
Tropical cyclone TWENTYTHREE formed over the South China Sea on 8 October and started moving north-northwest as a tropical depression. On 9 October at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located 300 km from Sayna city (Hainan province, China) and it had maximum sustained winds of 46 km/h.
Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving toward the North Central Region of Vietnam, strengthening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several areas of southwestern China, northern and central Vietnam over 9-10 October.
WUHAN, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- More than 43,000 people in central China's Hubei Province have battled flooding of the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, during the National Day holiday.
Recent rainfall and increasing discharge from the Danjiangkou reservoir on the river have caused the flooding. As a result, water levels at the Jingmen section of the river have exceeded warning levels.
WUHAN, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Three Gorges reservoir is preparing for a flood that is expected to arrive in the coming week.
Heavy rain is forecast in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and its tributary, Hanjiang River, in the following three days, which will result in flood around Oct. 12, according to the Yangtze River Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
At 8 a.m. of Oct. 12, the reservoir will face an inflow of 30,000 cubic meters per second, up from 24,000 cubic meters of the day before.