China – 8 Dead, 4 Missing After Floods in Hubei, Chongqing and Shaanxi

Chinese civil defence authorities say that at least 8 people have died in floods and heavy rainfall in central areas of the country over the last few days.

According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) flooding has affected 116,000 people in the provinces of Hubei, Chongqing and Shaanxi. Around 2,400 homes have been damaged and over 20,000 people evacuated to emergency shelters. Eight people have died and 4 are still missing.

The heavy rain began on 24 September, 2017. Shaanxi province was among the worst hit areas. MCA reports that in Hanzhong in Shaanxi province recorded 55 mm of rain per hour.

Shaanxi Provincial Civil Affairs Department reports that Xianyang, Hanzhong, Ankang were among the affected areas. At least 5 deaths have been reported in the province, with a further 4 still missing. Almost 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes in the province.

In Hubei, flooding affected the cities of Suizhou and Guangshui. One flood-related death was reported in the province.

In Chongqing, flooding affected Kaizhou, Yunyang and several other districts. In total, 45,000 people were affected, two people died, over 100 were rescued and more than 700 people evacuated.

Rainfall

WMO rainfall figures for a 24 hour period to 25 September

  • Shengsi – 108.6
  • Shanghai – 171 mm
  • Nanjing – 83 mm
  • Lushi – 97.2 mm
  • Bengbu – 100 mm
  • Gushi – 85.6 mm
  • Fuyang – 57.9 mm
  • Xinyang – 70 mm

WMO rainfall figures for a 24 hour period to 26 September

  • Rizhao – 63 mm

WMO rainfall figures for a 24 hour period to 27 September

  • Da Xian – 90 mm
  • Ankang – 75.6 mm
  • Lushi – 50 mm

Flood Summary

Last updated: October 9, 2017
Event
Hubei, Chongqing and Shaanxi, China, September 2017
Date
September 24 to September 28, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Suizhou
B - Guangshui
C - Kaizhou
D - Yunyang
E - Xianyang
F - Hanzhong
G - Ankang

Magnitude

Rainfall level
171 mm in 24 hours
Shanghai - September 24 to September 25, 2017
Rainfall level
108.6 mm in 24 hours
Shengsi - September 24 to September 25, 2017
Rainfall level
90 mm in 24 hours
Da Xian - September 26 to September 27, 2017
Rainfall level
75.6 mm in 24 hours
Ankang - September 26 to September 27, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
8 people
September 24 to September 28, 2017
Evacuated
20,000
September 24 to September 28, 2017
Affected
116,000
September 24 to September 28, 2017

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