Floods in Sichuan, China July 2013

Update 12th July 2013:

  • China and Taiwan braced on Friday for the impact of Typhoon Soulik
  • 33 dead in Sichuan province, 166 still missing
  • 5 dead in Inner Mongolia
  • Floods now hit Xinjiang, Tibet, Beijing

Original Report below:
It seems around once a week I write a report of flooding somewhere in China. My last report was on 5th July when many parts of China were suffering floods as a result of Tropical Storm Rumbia.

Since then continued heavy rainfall has resulted in some of the worst flooding in 50 years.
The current heavy rainfall began on July 7th as a result if a storm system that stretched are far north as Beijing, affecting 146 townships and cities, triggering mudslides, flash floods, and structural collapses.

South west China is the area most badly affected, particularly the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. Wenjiang in Sichuan has seen nearly 17cm of rain in a 24 hour period on 10th July. Sichuan has since been hit by floods and landslides.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs, 28 people have died and there are 66 people missing. There are 3 million people in the region currently affected by floods. Wenjiang and Dujiangyan City are the worst places in Sichuan to suffer. Media reports claim as many as 36,000 people have been evacuated in Sichuan and Yunnan. Residents in Chengdu city, the capital of Sichuan, saw flood waters reach as high as two stories.

State-run China Central Television said hundreds of people were trapped in a road tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan. Other media reports that 12 people have been killed in a collapsed coal mine, and a memorial for earthquake victims in Beichuan county has been completely flooded. State media also reports that a landslide triggered by the heavy rainfall had buried 17 people in Zhongxing in Sichuan province.

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See our Pinterest collection of photos and images from the China and Sichuan floods of July 2013 here.

Sources: The Guardian; ABC Australia