14 Dead, 337,000 Evacuated in Southern China Floods

Further severe weather, floods and landslides have left 14 people dead and 4 missing in southern China.

Yesterday the Chinese government said that the storms and heavy rainfall from 18 to 22 June 2014 affected nine southern provinces. 8,700 homes have been destroyed, 66,000 homes damaged and forced 337,000 people to evacuate. 42,000 hectares of crops have also been destroyed. Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours.

According to Xinhua:

Seven people have died in central China’s Hunan Province, five in the eastern province of Jiangxi and two in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south of the country. Hunan provincial civil affairs bureau confirmed that four people are missing.

Southern China has endured relentless severe weather conditions since 8 May 2014 where 3 people died after flooding in 5 southern provinces.

The flooding continued through May, resulting in a further 19 deaths. Earlier this month 25 people died after floods lasting a week hit much of southern China.