China: Floods and Hailstorms - May 2012
Since early May 2012, torrential rains have been lashing regions across China. In Gansu, Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong provinces, rivers have broken their banks and landslides have caused high human and economic losses. As of 10 Jun 2012, a total of 5.89 million people have been affected. In Hunan, Gansu and Guangxi provinces alone, over 4.64 million people have been affected by the flood waters and around 67 people have lost their lives. 60,878 houses have been seriously damaged, and over 101,523 people have been relocated. 26,170 hectares crop lands have been destroyed. (ACT Alliance, 12 Jun 2012)
A new round of rain storms starting in late June have killed at least 61 people with 11 others missing in 10 provinces affecting approximately 17.44 million people in Jiangsu, Anhui and Shandong provinces in the east; Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi provinces in central China; Guangxi and Guangdong provinces in the south; Chongqing Municipality and Sichuan Province in southwest; and Shaanxi province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northwestern China. Latest reports state 1.17 million people have been evacuated, while about 982,400 hectares of farmland have been affected by bad weather and about 66,000 houses have collapsed. (IFRC, 16 Jul 2012)
This report covers the
period 1 January to 31
Source:China Meteorological News Press
Recently many departments included Ministry of Civil Affair and General Office of National Committee for Disaster Reduction organized meetings to analyze the conditions of natural disasters of China in 2012.
BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Floods killed 673 people and left another 159 missing in China last year, Zhang Zhitong, office head of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said on Saturday.
"The death toll was about half the average number seen in the previous years," Zhang said.
Serious floods hit the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, the upper and lower reaches of the Yellow River and northern parts of the Haihe River last year, pushing up water levels on more than 420 additional rivers, Zhang said.
Since 2011, the meteorological protection project of geological disaster prevention implemented by CMA has progressed smoothly. The observing system, equipment support system, forecasting and risk assessment system and early warning service system of this project are carried out in an orderly manner. Currently, the second phase of this project has been started. The project of flash floods control at county-level has already been launched.
China steps up investment in flood control
Thursday, September 20, 2012 The central government has budgeted 7.78 billion yuan (1.22 billion U.S. dollars) to assist local regions in beefing up flood control efforts, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said Wednesday.
The money budgeted thus far is part of a three-year program launched by the government in November 2010 to build a nationwide flood information and warning system, a statement from the government agency said.
BEIJING, 14 September 2012 – UNICEF is mobilizing to send urgently needed support for children affected by the 5.7 magnitude earthquake which recently struck Yunnan. The tremor, which killed 81 and injured more than 800, wiped out 1,900 houses and severely damaged another 37,500. Subsequent heavy rains and mudslides have caused additional damage, and hampered access to the region.
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Finance on Friday allocated 140 million yuan (about 22 million U.S. dollars) in relief funds to southwestern Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality for rain-triggered flooding.
According to a statement from the ministry, the money will be used for evacuations and relocations, subsistence allowances, reconstruction of damaged houses and subsidies and compensation provided to the families of the deceased.
CHANGSHA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Lishui River which runs through Zhangjiajie, China's famed tourist spot in central Hunan Province, is suffering from severe flooding, the provincial flood control headquarters said Thursday.
The headquarters warned that its hydrological stations in Zhangjiajie monitored that the river is suffering from the worst flooding in 65 years.
The flood control headquarters said some 269,000 people in 62 townships in Zhangjiajie City have been evacuated because of the flooding threat. However, no casualties were reported.
YILIANG, Yunnan, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Authorities have stepped up sanitary efforts and set up a monitoring network in an earthquake-hit county in southwest China to prevent an outbreak of contagious diseases.
"Due to our efforts, there has been no epidemic outbreak of any kind so far," Lu Lin, head of Yunnan's provincial center for disease control and prevention, said on Wednesday.
But Lu said the risks remain high as Yiliang County was drenched again by floods this week.
CHENGDU, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- A new round of torrential rains that started Sunday night inundated parts of southwest China's Sichuan Province, leaving six people dead and four missing, local authorities said Monday.
The victims were reported in the cities of Guangyuan and Suining, the Sichuan provincial flood control office said in a statement.
Rainstorms continued into Monday night and a township in Shehong county of Suining reported the largest precipitation of 257.3 mm in just six hours Monday, it said.
YILIANG, Yunnan, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- A heavy downpour started to strike southwest China's quake-hit county of Yiliang early Tuesday morning, triggering floods and forcing thousands to evacuate.
Local fire department has dispatched 22 rescue teams to help evacuate people to safe places after receiving calls for help before dawn.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The IFRC has annual programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Situation Update Since May 2012, China has been successively affected by typhoons and torrential rain, more than 10 provinces were affected by floods with different extent. In August, the flooding situation was further escalated by typhoons and heavy rain; in which, Guangdong, Guangxi, Sichuan, Anhui, and Zhejiang were severely hit.
CHENGDU, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Continuous rainstorms have affected over 656,600 people as of Saturday in southwest China's Sichuan province, said the provincial flood control authorities.
As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, over 62,600 people have been forced to relocate to avoid geological risks caused by this round of rainstorms, according to the Sichuan provincial headquarters of flood control.
Severe rainstorms, which started on Thursday, battered 23 cities and counties of Sichuan, flooded about 28,960 hectares of farmlands and collapsed about 8,500 houses.
English.news.cn 2012-09-03 07:09:07
BEIJING, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's central authorities initiated a level-four emergency plan on Sunday afternoon in response to severe flooding in southwest China's Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality.
The National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have dispatched teams to help with the relief work.
CHENGDU, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Ten people have been confirmed dead and 14 others missing after a mudslide struck a hydropower station in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Friday.
The mudslide hit the Jinping hydropower station in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture from late Wednesday night to early Thursday morning, sources with the provincial emergency response office said.
Rescue work has been underway.
29 August 2012
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2012
In the first half of this year, China has mainly been hit by natural disasters of earthquake, drought, storm and heavy rainfall.
Xinjiang earthquakes - On 9 March, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was hit by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, leaving 144,000 people in two counties affected, 37,000 people evacuated, 5,200 houses collapsed and 85,000 houses destroyed.
CHANGSHA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Pests are posing an increasing challenge for the country's major rice-producing areas amid an important harvest year, according to agricultural officials.
The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) held a meeting on pest control with officials from the provinces of Hunan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Sichuan, as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Monday in Changsha, capital of Hunan.
SHIZUISHAN, Ningxia, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Six tourists died and more than 30 were evacuated after a flash flood that soaked a mountain ravine in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Saturday, local authorities said.
The flash flood, triggered by torrential rains in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, hit the Leek Ravine in the Helan Mountain that borders Inner Mongolia's Alxa League and Shizuishan city of Ningxia at 12 p.m., Ningxia's regional drought relief and flood control headquarters said in a statement.
BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Beijing will step up flood-control efforts by dredging river channels and reinforcing dikes and reservoirs after a devastating rainstorm killed 79 people last month and sparked nationwide fury over the city's lack of focus on flood prevention.
By October, workers will have cleared sludge and other waste that was washed into rivers by the July 21 rainstorm, the heaviest in 60 years in the Chinese capital, Cheng Jing, head of the Beijing Water Authority, said Wednesday.