China – Over 160 Dead as Floods in Northern Provinces Continue

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs reports that the heavy rain, landslides and flooding in the north of the country since 18 July has now affected 10 provinces or regions including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shandong and Henan.

A total of 164 people have died and 125 are missing. Over 125,000 houses have collapsed or been destroyed, and 344,000 house left damaged. Over half a million people have been evacuated from their homes.

Ten people died after floods and landslides over the last few days in Shanxi Province. Two deaths were reported in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, one in Shandong and 21 in Henan, where 11 people are missing.

Hebei however remains by far the worst hit province. As many as 130 of the fatalities occurred in Hebei, where 110 are missing. Around 300,000 people have been evacuated in the province.

Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, reports that four government officials in officials in Xingtai city, Hebei Province, were suspended from their posts for dereliction of duty in coping with deadly floods. Dong Xiaoyu, mayor of Xingtai City, which was worst hit by the floods, apologized Saturday night for inadequate responses to the storms that caused 25 deaths and 13 missing in the city.

Xinhua add that the Chinese central government on Monday allocated 250 million yuan (37.4 million U.S. dollars) to disaster relief efforts in the flood-hit province of Hebei.

Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs reports that flooding has affected 8 districts including Shijingshan, Mentougou and Fangshan. Around 100,000 people have been affected and 13,000 evacuated.

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Heavy rain in Beijing, China, 20 July 2016. Photo: Paul Gonzalez, under CC BY 2.0