56 dead, 22 missing as massive floods hit China, 11 million affected

– July 03, 2017

At least 56 people have been killed and 22 are still missing since June 29, 2017 in 11 central and southern provinces of China, including Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Sichuan, and Guizhou, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said Tuesday, July 4. Water levels in more than 60 rivers have recently risen above warning levels. Xiangjiang River in Changsha, the capital of Hunan, reached a record high of 39.51 meters (129.6 feet) early July 3, higher than the previous record of 39.18 meters (128.54 feet) set by a massive flood in 1998.

Between 100 and 300 mm (3.9 – 11.8 inches) of rain were recorded since June 29 in central and southern Guizhou, Guangxi, Hunan, northern Jiangxi, eastern Hubei, southern Anhui and other parts. Guilin, Guangxi, Jiujiang, Loudi and Xiangtan recorded between 420 and 486 mm (16.5 – 19.1 inches). On July 1, Guilin, Wuzhou, Yongzhou, and Xiangtan saw between 200 – 240 mm (7.9 and 9.4 inches), Gullin registered between 250 – 407 mm (9.8 – 16 inches), and the largest three-hour rainfall of 150 – 203 mm (5.9 – 8 inches).

As of 09:00 local time on July 3, 9.564 million people were affected in 8 provinces, 48 cities and 238 counties, 33 people were killed and 15 are missing, 19 000 houses collapsed and 189 000 were damaged. Direct economic loss reached 18.89 billion yuan.

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