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Millions of people affected by severe flooding across eastern and southern China

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Heavy rainfall hit parts of eastern and southern China, causing severe flooding in the area. The floods started on Wednesday, July 22 and affected millions of people; 6 citizens died and 5 went missing. Strong storms have cut off power supplies, inundated streets across the affected areas and suspended the traffic.

Another event of strong flooding in less than one month has hit China. 17 townships were submerged under flood waters, according to the county government. In the Liancheng county in Fujian province, more than 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall was recorded within 24 hours.

360 700 people were affected in the Hubei Province since Wednesday, the provincial civil affairs department said. About 36 950 hectares of farmland was inundated and 145 houses were destroyed by the flood. Direct economic loss was estimated at 67.79 million yuan ($10.9 mln), the provincial civil affairs department reported on Thursday, July 23.

The measured precipitation in Wuhan City, capital of Hubei, exceeded 100 mm (4 inches), thus inundating the city, the city's flood control and drought relief headquarters reported. A red alert for rainstorm was issued in the city on Thursday, by the Wuhan meteorological department. The flood disrupted the city's public transport.

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Over 9 000 people were relocated, and 361 000 residents were affected in the Hunan Province since the rainfall started. In parts of the province, measured rainfall exceeded 250 mm (9.8 inches), inundating 19 800 hectares of farmland.

More than 323 000 people were affected in the hardest hit Longyan City, Fujian province. 3 200 houses collapsed and 136 200 people were evacuated from the affected area. 

Average precipitation in the city topped 250 mm (9.8 inches) during a two day period. In its Liancheng county, precipitation topped 300 mm (11.8 inches). Some parts of the city haven't seen this much rain in over 50 years.

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233 200 people were affected and 6 200 were evacuated in the province of Guangdong. Direct economic losses were estimated at 122 million yuan ($19 650 540).

Featured image: Flooding in China, July 24, 2015. Image credit: @bussinesplus_tv

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2 Comments

  1. Happens somewhere all over the world the past 1000 years or so. There is not climate change. The weather still is the same. Rain storm will be a rain storm, a heat wave will be a heat wave.

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