China: Floods and Hailstorms - May 2012

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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)

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