Jul 4, 2016

Chinese Floods Kill 186: Earth's Costliest and 2nd Deadliest Weather Disaster of 2016

Hubei
China
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Aerial view of the flooded houses at Rongshui Miao Autonomous County on July 3, 2016 in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province of China. Photo: Long Tao/VCG via Getty Images
Aerial view of the flooded houses at Rongshui Miao Autonomous County on July 3, 2016 in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province of China. Photo: Long Tao/VCG via Getty Images

Torrential monsoon rains along a stalled frontal boundary near the Yangtze River in China have killed 186 people, left 45 people missing, and caused at least $7.6 billion in damage. In the Hubei Province, 1.5 million people have been evacuated or are in need of aid, almost 9,000 houses have collapsed or are seriously damaged and more than 710,000 hectares of crops have been affected, the provincial civil affairs department said. According to the May 2016 Catastrophe Report from insurance broker Aon Benfield, the $7.6 billion in damage from these floods would make them the world's most expensive and second deadliest weather-related disaster so far in 2016. The only deadlier weather disaster in 2016 was an April heat wave in India that claimed 300 lives...

A number of studies have found that the Mei-yu rainfall tends to be particularly heavy in the summer following an El NiƱo event, as is occurring in 2016. More heavy rain is likely in the flood-affected areas later this week