At least 21 people have been killed and 4 others remain missing after heavy rains hit the central Chinese province of Hubei on August 11 and 12, 2021. In addition, at least 774 reservoirs in the province have exceeded flood warning levels, as of late August 12.
At least 5 cities declared 'red alerts' over the past couple of days after heavy rains, in parts record-breaking, hit the province.
The heaviest rains fell in the city of Yicheng's (Banqiaodian Town) where record-breaking 400 mm (15.7 inches) of rainfall fell on August 13. Rainfall in Yicheng's urban area is close to 300 mm (11.8 inches), the maximum in the city's recorded meteorological history.1
The worst-affected cities include Liulin, part of the city of Suizhou where all of the fatalities were reported, Xiangyang and Xiaogan, China's Ministry of Emergency Management said.
The storms caused widespread power cuts and damaged more than 3 600 houses and 8 110 ha (20 040 acres) of crops. The total losses are estimated at 16.57 million USD (108 million yuan), Hubei's emergency management bureau reported.2
In some parts of the region, floodwaters were as deep as 5 m (16.4 feet).
According to the official China News Service, as many as 774 reservoirs in Hubei had exceeded their flood warning levels by Thursday evening.
1 Several cities in C China’s Hubei hit by heavy rainfall, floods – Global Times
2 China cities declare rain 'red alerts' as flood death toll hits 21 – Reuters
Featured image credit: Shanghai Eye
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