Since early August, Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning Provinces in the Northeastern China have been affected by a new round of floods. This is the worst flood in the Heilongjiang River area in this century and since 1998.
According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as of 30 August, about 5 million people have been affected in the three provinces, with 95 people died, 94 missing, 11,530 rooms of houses collapsed and 154,622 rooms were damaged. A total of RMB 20.1 billion direct economic loss was recorded.
The recent floods have significantly affected the food supplies in the affected areas, as it is now the harvesting season of the Northeastern China, and a lot of farmland and warehouse for storage of crops were flooded or damaged. As temperature drops fast and greater temperature difference during daytime and nighttime will be experienced in autumn in the northeastern China, the people evacuated will have an increasing need for food and warm clothing.