China – Thousands Evacuated as Rivers Overflow in Sichuan and Gansu

Severe flooding since 12 July, 2018 in Sichuan and Gansu provinces in China has left at least 15 people dead and caused widespread material damage.

Almost 1 million have been affected by the flooding in Sichuan province, where 3 people have died. As many as 100,000 people have been evacuated in Santai, Beichuan, and Pingwu counties, state news agency Xinhua reported. Over 600 homes have been destroyed and 8,800 damaged. In addition, almost 40,000 hectares of crops have been damaged.

Twelve deaths were reported in neighbouring Gansu province, with a further 4 people still missing. More than 1,200 houses have been destroyed and 7,700 were damaged. China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said that 27,000 people have been displaced in the province.

Around 50,000 people have evacuated their homes in Chongqing, the sprawling municipality of over 30 million people situated at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers.

China’s Ministry of Water Resources said on 13 July that continuous heavy rainfall in recent days had caused flooding of the Jialing River and the upper reaches of the Yangtze. As of 13 July, the Yangtze River at Chongqing Jiangbei rose to 182.46 metres, exceeding the warning level of 180.5 metres.

Rainfall in China, 06 to 16 July 2018. Image: CMA