China – 15 Dead, 10 Missing as Floods Continue in South

Update (20 June 2016):

Severe weather, including heavy rain, strong winds and hail, has continued to affect southern China, causing more damage and casualties.

Ministry of Civil Affairs say that the death toll now stands at 31, with 6 missing. As many as 98,000 houses have been damaged. The current affected areas include Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Henan, Hubei provinces, as of 20 June early morning

During a 24 hour period between 19 and 20 June, 187 mm of rain fell in Wuhan (Hubei province) and 138 mm in Jingdezhen (Jiangxi province).

Original Report (16 June, 2016)

Officials in China say that the heavy rain has continued to affect southern provinces over the last few days, causing deadly floods and landslides.

The severe weather began on 09 June, with heavy rainfall and some flooding reported in the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan. Over 16,000 people had evacuated and 1,100 homes destroyed. One fatality was reported after a house collapsed in Raoping County in eastern Guangdong Province.

The heavy rain has continued since then, affecting the provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs say that 15 people have been killed and 10 others are missing. As many as 8,000 houses have been destroyed and 65,000 damaged. Over three million people have now been affected, tens of thousands evacuated from their homes and 2.3 million people are in need emergency life assistance, according to the ministry statement.

One person drowned in flood waters in Jiangxi and another 2 died after a house collapsed. Four fatalities were reported in Hunan, with a further 4 missing. Two victims were struck by lightning in Guangdong province. One person died and 2 are missing after a house collapsed as a result of heavy rain in Guangxi. In Guizhou province, four people died in flood water, another victim died in a landslide, where a further 4 are still missing.

The rain and floods have also affected agriculture, thousands of hectares of crops damaged. Ministry of Civil Affairs estimates that the recent severe weather has inflicted a direct economic loss of 2.4 billion yuan.

Rainfall

MCA say that as much as 290 mm of rain in 24 hours has been recorded in some localized areas, with between 70 and 100 mm falling in 1 hour.

Recent rainfall figures for a 24 hour period between 15 and 16 June 2016.

Lishui – 105 mm
Qu xian – 95 mm
Guilin – 96.0 mm
Lu shan – 114.8 mm
Nanchang – 80.4 mm
Yichun – 112.2 mm

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