Chongqing Floods Continue – Over 40 Killed

The flooding has continued in south western China since our report of 02 September here.

On Saturday 06 September, China’s Civil Affairs Ministry said that 44 people have been killed in the floods, and 18 are still missing. The worst affected area is Chongqing Municipality, where 43 of the deaths occurred.

The heavy rain first began on 31 August 2014, bringing floods to Chogqing, and also Sichuan and Guizhou provinces.

The Civil Affairs Ministry also said that:

  • 121,700 people have been displaced by floods and are staying in temporary shelters
  • 42,000 houses have been severely damaged or completely destroyed
  • Recent floods have caused damage estimated at 3.3 billion yuan ($538 million)

More Heavy Rain to Come

Heavy rainfall has continued in parts of south west China over the last few days. In the last 24 hours, Haikou in Hainan Province, saw 133 mm.

More heavy rain could fall over the coming days after Tropical Depression Fourteen formed on 07 September 2014 over the South China Sea. The weather system is thought to be heading towards Guangdong Province where it is likely to make landfall around 09 September.

File photo: Getting around during floods in China. Phot credit
File photo: Getting around during floods in China. Photo credit