Soulik Floods China and Taiwan

Tropical storm Soulik hit north east Taiwan on 12th July, and continued on to mainland China, reaching Fujian province on 13th July. It continued over mainland China heading north west, but weakening to a Tropical Depression.

Soulik brought with it strong winds of up to119 km/hour, waves of up to 10m high and heavy rainfall, with parts of Zhejiang province in China seeing as much as 16cm in 24 hours.

In Taiwan 3 people have been killed and more than 100 injured as a result of the storm. Landslides have also caused disruption to road and other transport networks. Thousands of homes were left without power and water. 8,500 people were evacuated from mountainous and other areas prone to landslides.

The BBC reports:

Evacuated residents – including 3,000 from Kaohsiung city and 2,000 from Pingtung county in the south of Taiwan – were taken to local government buildings that have been turned into shelters, Agence France Presse reported.

More than 2,000 tourists had earlier been evacuated from Taiwan’s Green Island, near the city of Taitung, as a precaution.

In China 5 deaths have been reported. A huge evacuation programme has been in operation in Fujian and Zhengjian provinces, with as many as 500,000 people reported as displaced. Guangdong province was also badly affected and 20,000 people were evacuated there. More than 1,000 houses were demolished in the storm’s path.

Typhoons are common during the summer in parts of East Asia, where the warm moist air and low pressure conditions enable tropical cyclones to form. Typhoon Soulik is the seventh typhoon to hit the Chinese mainland this year.

Sources: BBC

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