Flooding in Seven Provinces in South East China

Almost 20cm of rain fell in just 24 hours in Guangdong Province in south east China. Other areas of the south east region of the country were also badly hit and further heavy rain is expected over the next 24 hours. A red alert

As many as seven provinces have been affected overall, including Chongqing, Fujian, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi, as well as Guangdong. The rain has been so heavy in Guangdong flights were grounded at the Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou. Hundreds of flights were either delayed or cancelled. Flights were also grounded at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport.

The heavy rain brought widespread flooding across the region. There were also reports of landslides in some areas. An official announcement from the Chinese Government made earlier today said that at least 16 people have been killed and two people are missing. Six people died in a landslide in Guangdong.

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Storm 30 March 2014 in Hong Kong. Mr Brown @ Twitter

Hong Kong has also been affected by the severe weather, with some reports claiming the area has been battered by giant hailstones as well as around huge amounts of rain in the last 24 hours.

Source: South China Morning Post