19 Dead, 7 Missing After Floods in Southern China

Massive downpours swept across southern China since late last causing severe flooding in the provinces of Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi in a spate of severe weather dubbed “the storm of the century”. At least 19 people have been killed in the flooding. With 7 people still missing, the number of fatalities is expected to rise further.

Guangdong

In Guangdong, 800,000 people were affected and 21,000 evacuated throughout the province, including the major cities of Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Shanwei and Qingyuan. The floods caused the destruction of 1,143 houses and transport infrastructure, including national highways.

15 people have been killed so far in the flooding in Guangdong. Five people were still missing as of yesterday 25 may 2014.

Torrential flood flows through cropland after a rainstorm in Jiangdong Village of Dubu Township in Yangshan County in Qingyuan City, south China's Guangdong Province, May 22, 2014. The city was hit by a rainstorm on May 22, causing landslide and traffic interruption in several spots. Local government has started disaster relief work. [Photo: Xinhua/Li Zuomiao]
Torrential flood flows through cropland after a rainstorm in Jiangdong Village of Dubu Township in Yangshan County in Qingyuan City, south China’s Guangdong Province, May 22, 2014. The city was hit by a rainstorm on May 22, causing landslide and traffic interruption in several spots. Local government has started disaster relief work. [Photo: Xinhua/Li Zuomiao]

Guizhou

Three people have been killed in Guizhou province after heavy rainfall and storms struck on Saturday 24 May 2014. The area around Shiqian County was one of the worst affected, seeing nearly 150mm of rain fall in 24 hours.

Jiangxi

A member of the emergency services died in Quannan County whilst carrying out a search for people missing in the floods. IN the city of Pingxiang around 4,000 people were evacuated after sever flooding struck on Sunday 25 May.

Hunan

Liuyang City saw over 200mm of rain fall in 24 hours on Saturday 24 May. The ensuing floods damaged over 500 houses, leaving 16,000 displaced. One person was killed in the city of Wenjia.

Further Heavy rain and Floods Likely

Further heavy rainfall is expected in the region, in particular in Hunan, Guangdong and Jiangxi, but floods are also possible in the province of Fujian, which has so far been unaffected by the weekend’s severe weather.

Source: Xinhua