South China – Floods, Hail and Landslides Leave 5 Dead, 17,000 Evacuated and 1,100 Homes Destroyed

Severe weather that began on 19 March has caused floods and landslides in several provinces in south west and south east China.

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs says that the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou are worst hit. At least 5 people have died and 17,000 evacuated. Authorities say that 1,100 homes have been destroyed and 72,000 damaged. As many as 88.1 million people have been affected.

In Jiangxi, 3,200 have been evacuated. One person was reported killed in a landslide. Over 5,000 have been evacuated in Hunan province, and 8,300 in Guangdong, where four people were killed when a building collapsed. In Guangxi, 57,000 houses have been damaged in the severe weather.

Rainfall

Between 20 and 21 March 2016, Heyuan, Guangdong recorded 103 mm of rain in 24 hours. Later, between 22 and 23 March, Zhangping, Fujian recorded 91 mm in 24 hours and Ganzhou, Jiangxi 76 mm.

Forecast

China Meteorological Administration (CMA) say that further heavy rain is likely in some areas of Guangdong, the southern coast of Guangxi, southern Fujian, northern Taiwan, and eastern Yunnan. Some areas could see hourly rainfall between 20 and 40 mm.

CMA say that the recent heavy rain marks an early start to the “flood season” in South China, coming about 2 weeks ahead of time.

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 15, 2016
Event
South China, March 2016
Date
March 19 to March 24, 2016
Type
Inland flood, Landslide
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Floods and landslides as a result of heavy rain, storms and hail have affected southern areas of China since 19 March. China's Ministry of Civil Affairs says that the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou are worst hit. 5 people have died and 17,000 evacuated, as of 23 March 2016. 1,100 homes have been destroyed and 72,000 damaged.

Locations

A - Jiangxi
B - Hunan
C - Guangzhou

Magnitude

Rainfall level
103 mm in 24 hours
Heyuan, Guangdong - March 20 to March 21, 2016
Rainfall level
91 mm in 24 hours
Zhangping, Fujian - March 22 to March 23, 2016
Rainfall level
76 mm in 24 hours
Ganzhou, Jiangxi - March 22 to March 23, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
5 people
Buildings destroyed
1,100
Buildings damaged
72,000
Evacuated
17,000