12,000 Evacuated After Floods in Hunan Province, China

State media have reported that heavy rainfall has caused floods in south central and eastern parts of China that have forced at least 12,000 people to evacuate their homes and affected around 240,000 people.

The worst affected areas are the provinces of Hunan and Jiangxi. WMO say that 220mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Yueyang City, Hunan Province, on 04 April 2015. Further heavy rain has been forecast.

Xinhua, the Chinese News Agency, say that floods have caused damage in 52 towns and villages in Hunan Province, and also damaged around 19,467 hectares of crops. No fatalities have been reported. Dozens of towns have also been affected by floods and heavy rain in Jiangxi province, although no evacuations have been reported as yet.

Heavy Rainfall Expected in China, Taiwan and Japan

The heavy rain fell in the wake of Super Typhoon Maysak, which despite weakening, is expected to bring further heavy rain and thunderstorms to China, Taiwan and Japan as it moves northwards.

According to Accuweather:

“The heaviest and most widespread rain through Tuesday is expected to fall in the interior of southeast China across the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei and eastern Sichuan. Heavy rain has already fallen in some of these areas on Friday and Saturday with in excess of 100 mm (4 inches) of rain being recorded”.

File photo: flooded streets in China. Photo credit
File photo: flooded streets in China. Photo credit