China and Taiwan – Deadly Typhoon Meranti Dumps 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Typhoon Meranti has brought heavy rain to parts of Taiwan and the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang in China. At least four areas of Taiwan recorded over 200 mm of rain in 24 hours to 17 September.

Local media report that at least 14 people have died as a result of the typhoon.

Tropical Cyclone Meranti. Image; NASA
Tropical Cyclone Meranti. Image; NASA

China

Local media in China report that Meranti has left at least 14 people dead and around 14 still missing. Xinhua reports that 7 of the fatalities were in Fujian, 6 in Zhejiang Province, and one in Taiwan.

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), quoting figures from report that Fujian’s Provincial Civil Affairs Department, reports that hundreds of houses have been damaged or destroyed. Over 300,000 people were evacuated in Fujian and 70,000 in Zhejiang.

The typhoon has since weakened to a tropical depression and moved northwards, bringing downpours to the provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu and Anhui, according to Xinhua.

Taiwan

According to local media, one person has been killed, 44 injured and over 550,000 households left without power in south-eastern Taiwan.

The Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan (CWB) issued Extremely Heavy Rain Warning for parts of Taiwan from 15 September onwards. Warnings remain in place until at least the evening of 17 September.

Parts of eastern Taiwan are bracing for the oncoming Typhoon Malakas over the weekend. Malakas is then expected to move on to Japan.

Rainfall

Over 200 mm of rain in 24 hours was reported in 4 locations. As many as 14 locations recorded over 100 mm of rain.

Figures according to CWB for a 24 hour period from 16 to 17 September,

  • Chiayi County Zhuqi Township: 232.5 mm
  • Chiayi County Alishan Township: 220.5 mm
  • Chiayi County Fanlu Township: 207.0 mm
  • Yunlin County Gukeng Township: 203.5 mm
  • Nantou County Zhushan Township: 196.5 mm
  • Chiayi County Meishan Township: 175.5 mm
  • Nantou County Lugu Township: 156.0 mm
  • Nantou County Xinyi Township: 144.0 mm

Philippines

National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) say that over 10,000 people were affected by Meranti (known locally as Ferdie) in the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Around 30 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Batanes and Cagayan between 13 and 14 September. No deaths of injuries have been reported.

NDRR say that schools have been suspended. Six roads were blocked as a result of landslides triggered by heavy rain and over 20 flights have been cancelled as a result of the severe weather.

Tropical Cyclone Malakas

NDRRMC says that Tropical Cyclone Malakas (know locally as Gener), is expected to exit Philippines area of responsibility during the afternoon (local time) of 17 September.

By tomorrow it is forecast that Malakas will be more than 750 km north north east of the Batanes Islands and the Tropical Cyclone warning has been lifted.

Flood Summary

Last updated: September 19, 2016
Event
Typhoon Meranti, China, Taiwan and the Philippines, September 2016
Date
September 15, 2016
Type
Flash flood, Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Typhoon Meranti brought heavy rain and flooding  to parts of Taiwan and the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang in China from 15 September.

Locations

A - Fujian
B - Zhejiang
C - Pingtung
D - Chiayi County

Magnitude

Rainfall level
232.5 mm in 24 hours
Zhuqi, Chiayi County, Taiwan - September 16 to September 17, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
18 people
Fujian province, China - September 15 to September 19, 2016
It is not clear if the fatalities were a result of flooding or wind damage.
Fatalities
1 person
Taiwan - September 15 to September 16, 2016
Evacuated
300,000
Fujian province, China - September 15 to September 18, 2016
Evacuated
70,000
Zhejiang province - September 15 to September 18, 2016
Evacuated
30 people
Batanes and Cagayan, Philippines - September 13 to September 15, 2016
Fatalities
10 people
Zhejiang province - September 15 to September 18, 2016
Most casualties were caused by landslides and flash floods in rural areas according to Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters.