Jun 27, 2017

Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected

Hunan
China
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The Watchers - Daily news service | Watchers.NEWS
7 days of rainfall accumulation by 06:00 UTC on June 27, 2017 - China. Image: NASA/JAXA GPM
7 days of rainfall accumulation by 06:00 UTC on June 27, 2017 - China. Image: NASA/JAXA GPM

Floods, landslides and other disasters caused by severe weather across southern China affected more than 7.4 million people in 9 provinces since June 22, 2017, officials said today. As of early June 27, the death toll stands at 32 while 8 people are still missing.

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According to data provided by China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) valid 01:00 UTC (09:00 local time) on June 26, Changde, Yueyang, Yiyang, Loudi, Shangrao, Juijiang and other places recorded between 350 and 470 mm (13.8 - 18.5 inches) of rain since the evening of June 22.

By that time, severe weather affected 7.33 million people, 504 000 people were evacuated, and 186 000 needed emergency rescue. 6 500 houses collapsed while 60 000 suffered different degrees of damage. The direct economic loss was estimated at 9.46 billion yuan.

At 01:00 UTC on June 27, the number of affected people rose to 7.446 million. There are now 32 confirmed casualties, 8 people missing, a total of 633 000 evacuated, and 230 000 rescued. The direct economic loss rose to 10.64 billion yuan.