Floods in China as Rumbia Hits

Tropical Storm Rumbia reached the Leizhou Peninsula in the south of Guangdong province in southern China on 1st July. Upon landfall the storm weakened but still resulted in torential rain, thunderstorms and winds over 100kph in south west China.

Guangdong Province
Between 1st and 2nd July 2013 in Guangdong province, where Rumbia forst hit land, around 1,200 houses were damaged as a result of floods and strong winds.

Anhui Province
As of 2nd July 2013, the heavy rainfall had led to severe flooding in Anhui province. Around 10 people are reported to have been killed in the floods. Reports also say as many as 100,000 people have been displaced, with around 7,600 houses damaged.

Sichuan Province
By the 2nd July, flooding in Sichuan province has killed 9 people and displaced 119,500. reports also claim the floods and storms have damaged as many as 10,000 houses and buildings.

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
As of 2nd July in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated, while 1000 houses have been damaged. According to Wikipedia:

preliminary assessments revealed that 13.16 million people were affected by the storm. A total of 112 buildings collapsed while 276,828 sustained varying degrees of damage. Additionally, 2,160 hectares of crops were damaged. Total economic losses from the storm reached ¥7.68 million (US$1.25 million)

According to the government of Weizhou Township, more than 800 tourists have been stranded on the island of Weizhou as downpours, gales and large waves triggered by the tropical storm have resulted in the suspension of transportation services. Weizhou Island is a Chinese island in the Gulf of Tonkin and the the largest island of Guangxi province. Weizhou lies west of Leizhou Peninsula, where Rumbia forst hit Chinese land.

Hong Kong
For some time around 30th June Rumbia threatened to head topwards Hong Kong. It came within 400km of the area and brought strong winds and some rain but little more as Rumbia soon began to move north west away from Hong Kong.

Heavy rains have also spread northwards affecting Inner Mongolia. Rumbia is the 6th tropical storm this year, and the BBC reports that it is the 6th to hit China this year. Further torrential rain is xpected over the next few days. These floods come on the back of flooding in late June in China, where the Chinese provinces of Chongqing, Zhejiang, Hubei and Anhui suffering floods. Nearly 8,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, with reports saying around 1,000 homes have been damaged by the floods.

A BBC report about the floods and Tropical Storm Rumbia in China is below: