China – Floods Hit Northern Provinces, Over 100 Dead or Missing

Torrential rain in northern China since 19 July has caused major flooding, leaving nearly 100 people dead or missing, according to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

The latest disaster comes in a long line of major flood events in China that began in June this year. Heavy downpours have already wreaked havoc in southern and central China this month, causing floods in areas along the Yangtze River basin which have left around 170 dead, 29 missing and destroyed 73,000 homes. Tropical Cyclone Nepartak left as many as 69 people dead in Fujian Province earlier this month.

In the north of the country, the MCA say that the 8 provinces or municipalities have been badly affected, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia Region, Liaoning, Shandong, Henan.  Hebei and Henan Provinces are by far the worst hit.

As of 21 July, MCA say that 44 people have died and 82 are missing across the 8 provinces. Over 25,000 houses have collapsed or been destroyed in the severe weather, with a further 81,000 left damaged. Flooding and heavy rain has forced over 250,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Hebei Province

Torrential rain in Hebei Province since 19 July has left 30 people dead and 74 missing. According to the provincial civil affairs department, as of 21 July, around 50,000 homes have been damaged and 163,900 people have been forced to evacuate. Some of the worst hit cities include Handan, Xingtai and the provincial capital, Shijiazhuang.

Henan Province

In neighbouring Henan Province, 12 people have died and 6 people are missing. The flooding forced the evacuation of 105,000 people and destroyed 2,110 homes.


Some flooding was also reported in Beijing. Flooded streets caused traffic chaos. Dozens of trains were cancelled, as were over 200 flights at Beijing Capital International Airport.


In their report on the flood situation of 20 July, MCA say that in a 24 hour period between 19 and 20 July, Handan in Hebei recorded 406 mm of rain and Shijiazhuang City, Hebei 228.6mm.

The latest rainfall figures from WMO:

24 hour period to 20 July

  • Xingtai, Hebei – 244.8 mm
  • Beijing – 165.0 mm
  • Tianjin – 193.0 mm

24 hour period to 21 July

  • Beijing – 122.8 mm
  • Chifeng,  Inner Mongolia – 100 mm
  • Chengde, Hebei – 95 mm
  • Jin Zhou, Liaoning – 102.5 mm

24 hour period to 22 July

  • Kuandian, Liaoning – 159 mm
  • Tai Shan, Shandong – 167.7 mm

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 5, 2016
Northern China, July 2016
July 19, 2016
Inland flood
Extreme rainfall
Heavy rain since 19 July resulted in flooding in the provinces or municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shandong and Henan


A - Hebei
B - Henan
C - Xingtai


Rainfall level
244.9 mm in 24 hours
Xingtai, Hebei - July 19 to July 20, 2016
Rainfall level
165 mm in 24 hours
Beijing - July 19 to July 20, 2016
Rainfall level
193 mm in 24 hours
Tianjin - July 19 to July 20, 2016
Rainfall level
122.8 mm in 24 hours
Beijing - July 20 to July 21, 2016


164 people
July 19 to July 25, 2016
130 of the fatalities occurred in Hebei.
Missing people
125 people
July 19 to July 25, 2016
110 of the missing are in Hebei.
Buildings destroyed
July 19 to July 22, 2016
July 19 to July 25, 2016
Total damage assessment
5 billion
July 19 to July 31, 2016
Figures according to AON Benfield catastrophe report for July 2016

One thought on “China – Floods Hit Northern Provinces, Over 100 Dead or Missing

  1. Why weren’t evacuation alarms or warning alarms working?

    Why is China banning footage of these floods?

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