Beijing/Kuala Lumpur, 17 July 2018 – With an estimated 2.9 million people affected by flooding and landslides in China’s Sichuan and Gansu province, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released more than 380,000 Swiss francs (US $380,000 / €326,000) to bolster relief and recovery efforts on the ground.
“Torrential rain coupled with two typhoons have caused extensive flooding and landslides in Sichuan and Gansu provinces,” said Gwendolyn Pang, head of IFRC’s office in Beijing.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan have declared a state of emergency after a mountainous region was hit by floods and landslides following days of torrential rain.
Thousands of travelers were left stranded after landslides and floods blocked major highways and the severe weather affected flights at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, where 34 flights were delayed and seven canceled on Thursday.
BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain continues in most parts of China on Friday, causing floods and traffic disruptions, forcing people to evacuate and tourist attractions to close.
The second flood peak of the Yangtze River this year has formed in its upper reaches, with severe flooding occurring in many branches of the river, according to the hydrology bureau of the Yangtze River water resources commission.
Editor: Mu Xuequan
BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- China's disaster relief authorities launched a level IV emergency response plan Thursday to help flood victims in west China's Sichuan and Gansu provinces.
About 932,000 people in Sichuan Province were affected by floods caused by heavy rains by midday Thursday, with three deaths and 101,000 people evacuated. Over 600 houses fell and 36,900 hectares of farmland were flooded. The province suffered direct economic losses worth 2.4 billion yuan (360.1 million U.S. dollars).
The passage of tropical cyclone MARIA has brought heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge over several areas of Taiwan and the Chinese provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi over 10-12 July. According to local media, as of 12 July, one person has been killed and eight have been injured in Taiwan. 398 000 people have been evacuated in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. Over the next 24 hours, the remnants of MARIA may still cause heavy rain over the northeastern part of North China and parts of Hunan and Hubei provinces.
FUZHOU, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Maria, the eighth this year, made landfall at around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday in Lianjiang County, east China's Fujian Province, bringing gales of up to 42 meters per second at its eye, according to local meteorological authorities.
Chen Zuliang of the county flood control office said that more than 8,000 people had been evacuated. More than 6,800 people are on standby for rescue missions or to repair damage.
This year’s No.8 typhoon Maria (severe typhoon level) made landfall in coastal regions of Huangqi Peninsula, Lianjiang County, Fujian at 9:10 a.m. on July 11. The maximum wind intensity and minimum air pressure at the typhoon center registered scale 14 (42m/s) and 960 hPa respectively.
The National Meteorological Center issued red warning of typhoon at 10:00 a.m. on July 10. Typhoon Maria is expected to move towards west by north at the speed of 30 kilometers per hour, skim over northern Taiwan Island on the early morning of July 11, and make landfall in the coastal regions from Fuqing, Fujian to Cangnan, Zhejiang on the morning of July 11. After landing, it will continue to move towards northwest.
The National Meteorological Centre issued yellow warning of typhoon at 10:00 a.m. on July 9. Typhoon Maria is expected to move towards west by north at the speed of 30 kilometers per hour and gradually approach to the east of Taiwan Strait. It will land in or across northeastern Taiwan in next night, then land in Jinjiang of Fujian and Wenzhou of Zhejiang again on morning of July 11. After landing, it will continue to move towards northwest.
HEFEI, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Heavy downpours since Wednesday and ensuing floods have affected 160,000 people in east China's Anhui Province, local authorities said Thursday.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, heavy rain and floods had damaged 6,240 hectares of crops and more than 300 houses, according to the provincial civil affairs bureau.
It is estimated that the floods have caused economic losses of more than 80 million yuan (around 12 million U.S. dollars).
Editor: Lu Hui
CHENGDU/XI'AN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Torrential rain has battered several provinces in China, leaving multiple casualties and affecting the lives of tens of thousands of people.
In southwest China's Sichuan Province, at least seven people were killed and another seven injured in flooding and landslides caused by continuous downpours since Sunday.
Strong precipitation has hit more than eight cities in western and northeastern Sichuan, causing 64 geological disasters.
The National Meteorological Centre (NMC) issued yellow warning of rainstorm at 6:00 a.m. on July 4. At 10:00 a.m., China Meteorological Administration (CMA) activated a level four emergency response to rainstorm. It is required that the relevant meteorological sectors attached to CMA enter the emergency position immediately and put corresponding meteorological services in place. The potential affected areas such as Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei and Chongqing are expected to sustain or adjust the emergency state according to local realities
Editor: Xiang Bo
HOHHOT, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Around 40 percent of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is suffering from a persistent drought, causing over 600 million yuan (about 91 million U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses.
According to the regional department of agriculture and animal husbandry, nearly 37 million hectares of grassland and over 35 million livestock had been affected by Wednesday.