18 Dead as Floods Continue in China

Flooding has affected parts of southern, central and eastern China over the last 4 days. According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, 18 people have been killed in storm and flood-related incidents since Tuesday 16 June. Four people remain missing.

Flooding and storms have affected the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui (1 fatality), Jiangxi, Hubei (10), Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou (2), and Chongqing municipality (5).

Shanghai was also flooded, with some roads said to have been under 30 cm of water on Wednesday 17 June 2015 after heavy rainfall.

In their daily weather briefing of 18 June 2015, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said that, since 16 June, “the precipitation of Shanghai, Nanjing, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Huanggang and Anqing was more than 200 to 347 mm”.

CMA also reported that Guizhou, Chongqing, Hubei, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Zhejiang got downpours with 100-180 mm of rain since 16 June.

Last month was said to be the wettest May in China for around 40 years. As many as 123 people died in China as a result of natural disasters during May 2015.

Heavy Rainfall Warnings from 20 June

CMA have warned that, from June 20, extreme downpours will hit eastern Southwest China, northern South of the Yangtze River and southern Yangtze-Hanshui basin.

Rainfall Totals

CMA report that, between 16 and 19 June 2015, the total precipitation of central-western Yangtze-Huaihe basin, central-northern South of the Yangtze River, Chongqing and southern Guizhou has been over 250mm.

WMO figures for 24 hour period, 16 to 17 June 2015

Shanghai – 95 mm
Nanjing (Jiangsu) – 95 mm
Hefei (Anhui) – 84.8 mm
Macheng (Hubei) – 106 mm