Floods Inundate Fenghuang Ancient Town, China

Torrential rainfall in the Chinese province of Hunan has left several areas facing severe floods after rivers overflowed.

The well known ancient town of Fenghuang, which is a popular tourist destination, was inundated after levels of the Tuojiang River rose by over 1 metre above warning level. A red alert – the highest level in China’s flood warning system – was issued on Tuesday 15 July 2014 by local authorities.

Xinhua, the Chinese News Agency, says that over 50,000 people – both locals and tourists – have been evacuated since late on Monday 14 July when the flooding first began. Evacuations have been carried out by around 1,200 emergency rescue personnel. No casualties have been reported in Fenghuang, although some reports claim at least one person has drowned in flood waters in Wuhan, Hubei province. IN a statement earlier this month the Chinese govern,et said that 134 people had been killed in floods so far this year.

Many of the Fenghuang’s famous scenic buildings and tourist areas were closed. Power supply was also hit and many homes and buildings were without electricity.

Below is a photo of the famous bridge Fenghuang that spans the Tuojiang River, connecting the two sides of the ancient city.

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Famous old bridge in Fenghuang, Hunan, China
Photo: Jacques Beaulieu @ flickr

Below is a photo from Global Times showing what the bridge looked like on Tuesday 15 July 2014, during the flooding.

Further bad weather and heavy rain has been forecast for the next few days. Parts of neighbouring Jiangxi Province have also seen heavy rainfall over the last 48 hours.

Rainfall figures in Hunan Province

24 hour period 15 to 16 July 2014

  • Yuanling County– 103mm
  • Lu Shan County – 65.4mm

24 hour period 14 to 15 July 2014

  • Changsha City – 55.2mm