Floods in Northern China

Update: Gansu Province
The situation has worsened over the weekend in Gansu. More people have been reported killed in the floods, bringing the total to 20. As many as 56,000 evacuated have now been evacuate and 17,000 houses washed out.

Original Report:
Three provinces in northern China – Shaanxi, Heilongjiang and Gansu – have been suffering from severe floods and landslides. This comes just a few days after the earthquakes that shook the region that killed at least 75 people and left more than 400 others injured.

Shaanxi

Heavy rain resulted in landslides and flooding in Shaanxi Province in north west China. The heavy rainfall began on Thursday 18th July 2013 and has continued to fall. So far 14 people have been reported as dead, 1 missing and thousands displaced.

Teams from the National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have been sent to help with the relief and rescue efforts. According to a statement from the civil affairs department of Shaanxi, as many as 800,000 people have been affected and 189,000 displaced by the floods. The worst affected areas are understood to be Yan’an City, and Fuxian and Yanchang counties.

Heilongjiang

There is a similar story in the far north east province of Heilongjiang. Heavy rain since Wednesday 17th July has resulted in floods affecting about 170,000 across the province. One person has been reported killed by the floods. River levels of the Mudanjiang River rose by 1.16 metres.

As many as 23 counties in the province have been reported as affected. The worst hit areas are Lindian county and Hulin city. Houses have been damaged, with around 350 families having to be evacuated.

Badly affected is also the agricultural sector in the region. Around 66,000 hectares of crops have been damaged which will mean significant economic losses.

Gansu

More recent heavy rainfall on 25th July in Gansu Province left areas under water. Three people have been reported killed, 12 missing and 188,000 affected.

The floods and landslides come just 3 days after the province was hit by an earthquake. The worst affected populous area is Tianshui City, Wushan County, which saw over 9cm of rain in 12 hours.

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Sources: China Daily