Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Heavy rainfall, breached levees prove fatal throughout southern China

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 4,2017, 8:24:36AM,EDT
Frequent rounds of rainfall and heavy storms in southern China have resulted in widespread, deadly flooding early this week, mainly from Guangxi to Zheijiang provinces.
In the past week alone, 534 mm (21 inches) of rain has fallen in the resort city of Guilin, in Guangxi. Flooding in that province has left 16 people dead and 10 missing as of Tuesday evening local time, according to China's Xinhua News Agency.

Overall, 56 people have reportedly been killed and 22 remain missing across central and southern China.
The excessive amounts of rainfall have done more than cause rivers to breech their banks. According to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, hailstorms, landslides and urban flooding have also wrought havoc on over 11 million people throughout the area.
They also reported large-scale evacuations prompted by collapsing levees.
On June 3, China's Finance Ministry responded to this widespread natural disaster by providing 1.8 billion yuan (about $280 million) in emergency relief.
The money will be used to evacuate, relocate, house and feed evacuees, as well as provide funds for improved flood prevention and water conservation infrastructure.

Travel issues have ensued as well, as railways and roads were washed out and airports shut down for hours at a time.
Rainfall is expected to continue at varying intensities through the rest of the week. A brief period of drier weather could ensue early next week.
Firefighters evacuated 93 goats stranded on an island surrounded by floodwater in three hours in East China’s Jiangxi Province, July 2.
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Roads were flooded in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou on July 2 following days of heavy rain. (Photo/Weibo/5515372112 (龍少九) via Storyful)

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