China: Floods and Typhoons - Information Bulletin n° 1

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This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

Trami, the 12th typhoon to hit the mainland China this year, made landfall in the coastal areas of Fuqing, Fujian province, at 2:40 am on 22 August 2013. Some 189,800 residents living in work sheds or dilapidated houses in low-lying areas had moved to safer places.

China’s southern regions were earlier affected by Typhoon Utor which resulted in 70 people dead and another 18 missing. Guangdong province experienced the most typhoon-related casualties, with 43 reported deaths as of 9:00 am on 22 August. The storms have affected more than 8 million people.

While South China is battling the storms, Northeastern China is fighting its worst floods in the past five decades. The number of casualties rose to 63 on 21 August in Liaoning with another 101 still missing.1 Flooding triggered by higher precipitation has plagued many parts of the country this summer. As of 21 August, at least 575 people had been killed in geological disasters triggered by floods and another 340 are missing, according to the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
Both the headquarters and the branches of the RCSC have sent relief items including quilts, tents, clothes, family kits from local disaster preparedness warehouses to help the vulnerable residents in the affected areas.