China – Torrential Rain From Typhoon Megi Causes Deadly Landslides

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) reports that, as of 30 September, heavy rain from Typhoon Megi has caused flooding and landslides in the provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi. CMA says that as many as 900 houses have been destroyed and a further 10,000 damaged across the three provinces.

Typhoon Megi hit Taiwan earlier this week, killing four people and injuring over 600. Around 15,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes.

In China, areas of Fujian Province have recorded a total of 800 mm of rain between 27 and 30 September, according to CMA. Heavy rain has also affected the provinces of Anhui and Jiangsu.

In Zhejiang province, the heavy rain triggered a landslides in Suichang County on 28 September, leaving 1 dead and over 30 missing. A further landslide in Wencheng County left 6 people missing. CMA have since reported that 5 bodies have been recovered from the landslides and around 29 people remain missing.

CMA also report that Typhoon Megi has left five people dead in the province of Fujian.

Rainfall

Figures are for a 24 hour period.

29 to 30 September, 2016

  • Liyang, Jiangsu – 130.0 mm

28 to 29 September, 2016

  • Wuhuxian, Anhui – 113 mm
  • Liyang, Jiangsu – 112 mm
  • Lushan, Jiangxi – 169 mm
  • Lishui, Zhejiang – 128 mm

27 to 28 September, 2016

  • Fuzhou, Fujian – 245.7 mm
  • Fuding, Fujian – 225 mm
Typhoon Megi, September 2016. Image: NASA
Typhoon Megi, September 2016. Image: NASA

Flood Summary

Last updated: October 3, 2016
Event
Typhoon Megi, Taiwan and China, September 2016
Date
September 27 to September 30, 2016
Type
Flash flood, Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Suichang County (China)
B - Wencheng County (China)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
225 mm in 24 hours
Fuding, Fujian - September 27 to September 28, 2016
Rainfall level
245.7 mm in 24 hours
Fuzhou, Fujian - September 27 to September 28, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
4 people
Taiwan - September 27 to September 30, 2016
Evacuated
14,000
Taiwan - September 26 to September 28, 2016
Fatalities
10 people
Zhejiang and Fujian, China - September 27 to September 30, 2016
Missing people
29 people
Zhejiang, China - September 27 to September 30, 2016
Buildings destroyed
900 buildings
Zhejiang and Fujian, China - September 27 to September 30, 2016
Injured
625 people
Taiwan - September 27 to September 30, 2016