China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Guangzhou

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) says that heavy rain caused major flooding in parts of Guangdong Province yesterday, 07 May 2017.

Quoting reports from Guangdong Provincial Civil Affairs Department, MCA says that flooding affected several districts of Guangzhou City including Huadu, Zengcheng and Huangpu.

Local media reported that rivers overflowed in Huadu district. Some landslides were also reported in mountainous areas outside the city.

As of 08 May, a total of 8,600 people have been affected with more than 2,800 requiring emergency resettlement. Xinhua, the Chinese News Agency, says this figure is closer to 7,000.

As many as 1,100 people needed emergency rescue and nearly 400 houses have been destroyed or severely damaged. There have been no reports of fatalities.

Rainfall

WMO reported 145.8 mm of rain in Guangzhou in 24 hours from 07 to 08 May. Most of the rain fell in a 6 hour period.

Quoting figures from the Guangdong meteorological bureau, local media said that several areas recorded record levels of rain. In a 14 hour period on 07 May, Jiulongzhen in Huangpu district (northern Guangzhou) reported rainfall of 524mm, followed by 435mm in Xintangzhen in Zengcheng district (eastern Guangzhou) and 334mm in Huadongzhen in Huadu district (northern Guangzhou).

MCA said that at least 12 weather stations recorded more than 250 mm of rain on 07 May.

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Featured photo: File Photo: Shenzen Highway flooded with typhoon rain, 2008. Credit; dcmaster / Flickr

Flood summary

Last updated: May 8, 2017
Event
Guangdong Province, China, May 2017
Date
May 7, 2017
Type
Urban flood, Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Huadu
B - Zengcheng
C - Huangpu

Magnitude

Rainfall level
145.8 mm in 24 hours
Guangzhou - May 7 to May 8, 2017
WMO figures. Most of the rain fell in a 6 hour period.
Rainfall level
524 mm in 24 hours
Jiulongzhen - May 7 to May 7, 2017
Figures from Guangdong meteorological bureau, via local media
Rainfall level
435 mm in 24 hours
Xintangzhen - May 7 to May 7, 2017
Figures from Guangdong meteorological bureau, via local media
Rainfall level
334 mm in 24 hours
Huadongzhen - May 7 to May 7, 2017
Figures from Guangdong meteorological bureau, via local media

Damages

Evacuated
2,800
Guangzhou City - May 7 to May 8, 2017
Affected
8,600
Guangzhou City - May 7 to May 8, 2017
Buildings destroyed
400 buildings
Guangzhou City - May 7 to May 8, 2017

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