China – 23 Dead, 5,000 Homes Destroyed After Days of Heavy Rain

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) reported earlier this week that 6 provinces of the country have been affected by storms and severe weather since 01 October.

Flooding, landslides and rain damage has been reported in the provinces of Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Chongqing, Sichuan and Shaanxi. As of 09 October, 15 people had died in Chongqing, 4 in Hubei and 4 in Shaanxi.

More than 5,200 homes have been destroyed and around 35,000 people have been displaced. A further 24,000 have been damaged.

Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on 08 October that more than 43,000 people in Hubei Province have been affected by flooding of the Hanjiang River, in particular near Jingmen.

Xinhua also reported that heavy rain in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and its tributary, the Hanjiang River over the last few days means that water releases from the Three Gorges reservoir were necessary and likely to begin from 12 October with the potential to cause flooding downstream.

Flood Summary

Last updated: October 20, 2017
Event
Central and Eastern China, October 2017
Date
October 1 to October 12, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Suzhou, Anhui
B - Jiaozuo, Henan
C - Nanyang, Henan
D - Zhoukou, Henan
E - Shiyan, Hubei
F - Yichang, Hubei
G - Xiangyang, Hubei
H - Wanzhou, Chongqing
I - Beibei, Chongqing
J - Liangping, Chongqing
K - Panzhihua, Sichuan
L - Xian, Shaanxi
M - Weinan, Shaanxi
N - Ankang, Shaanxi

Magnitude

Rainfall level
101.9 mm in 24 hours
Wanning, Hainan - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
85 mm in 24 hours
Lingshui, Hainan - October 10 to October 11, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
23 people
October 1 to October 11, 2017
Buildings destroyed
5,200
October 1 to October 11, 2017