China Floods – 35 Dead, 13 Missing as Torrential Rain Continues in South

Further torrential rainfall in parts of southern China has caused severe flooding and landslides in 6 provinces, leaving 35 people dead and 13 missing.

Heavy rain since 18 May 2015 had already made 10,000 people homeless in Jiangxi Province. On Wednesday 20 May 2015, China’s Meteorological Administration (CMA) predicted further heavy rainfall across parts of southern China. Over the following 24 hours, Heyuan in Guangdong received 175 mm and Longzhou in Guangxi saw 75 mm of rain.

The provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou have been worst affected by the severe weather over the last 5 days. Sichuan and Yunnan have also been affected.

Flooding has been accompanied by strong winds and landslides in some areas. Wide areas of farmland and crops have been damaged. According to Chinese government figures, almost 10,000 homes have been completely destroyed across the affected provinces.

At least 9 of the deaths occurred in Fujian province, where 2 people are still missing and nearly 3,000 homes collapsed. Over 4,000 homes have been destroyed in Jiangxi, where 8 people have died and 3 are still missing.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours at least. In a statement earlier today, CMA said that

“there will be heavy rain or rainstorm in southeastern Yunnan, southern Guizhou, central-southern Guangxi, central-southern Guangdong, and southern Taiwan. In eastern Guangxi, the coast areas of central Guangdong, and southern Taiwan, there will be severe rainstorm (100-130mm). The hourly precipitation in the above-mentioned areas will reach 20-40mm even 50-60mm. In northeastern Sichuan Basin, there will be heavy rain”.