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More Disasters Hit China

Posted by feww on July 28, 2013

Extreme Rain Events, flooding leave dozens dead or missing in NW China’s Gansu province

Widespread flooding and mudslides in Gansu province have destroyed or damaged more than 15,000 homes, affecting about 500,000 people and forcing 40,000 to relocate.

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A flooded gas station at Niangniangba Town of Qinzhou District in Tianshui City, northwest China’s Gansu Province. (Xinhua File Photo/Ren Hengfeng).

Flooding in Shaanxi Province

In Yan’an City, NW China’s Shaanxi Province, continuous torrential rains have triggered widespread flooding and mudslides, destroying or damaging scores of homes and other buildings. Floods have affected at least 1 million people, and 50,000 hectares of crops in 13 of the city’s districts.

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Original Caption: A villager walks through the disaster-hit corn field in Madongchuan Township of Yan’an City, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, July 26, 2013. Continuous torrential rain battered Yan’an in the past few days, causing collapses, mud-rock flows and floods. A total of 936,000 people and 47,800 hectares of crops in 13 townships of the city were affected. (Xinhua/Li Yibo). More images…

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Thousands of Towns and Villages Devastated by Floods in China

Posted by feww on July 18, 2013

Extreme Rain Events and floods destroy or damage an estimated 200,000 homes affecting 50 million people

Extreme rain events and devastating floods have left about 600 people dead or missing and affected up to 50 million others  in 30 provinces since the beginning of the year, authorities said.

The toll so far this year stands at

  • No of people killed by floods: at least 337 
  • No of people missing: 213
  • No of injuries: NOT released, possibly thousands
  • No of houses destroyed: at least 150,000
  • No of houses damaged: NOT released, probably hundreds of thousands
  • Farmland affected: 4 million hectares
  • Source: China’s Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFCDRH)

And the flood season hasn’t even started!

“China is expected to face serious flood control challenges in the next 30 days as it heads into flood season,” said a report quoting the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

This year’s flood season will run from about July 15 to Aug 15, authorities said.

Heavy rainfall is expected in northern and southwestern China, causing severe flooding in many major rivers, such as the upper reaches of the Yangtze, Haihe, Yellow, Songhua and Liaohe rivers.

Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Henan and Guangdong provinces should expect 24-hour rainfall amounts of up to 200 mm, said the National Meteorological Center.

Sichuan will be in the height of its rainy season over the next few months, possibly bringing more chaos to the already battered province.

“Since most of the same parts of Sichuan province will be hit again with heavy rainfall, severe floods, flash floods and mudslides are likely,” said a Ministry of Water Resources official. (Xinhua)

Meantime, Tropical Cyclone CIMARON, the eighth storm of the year, is forecast to make landfall  in Southeast China on Friday, just days after Tropical Storm SOULIK hit Fujian and Jiangxi provinces.

Sichuan Province

Rainstorms and floods hit 43 counties in Sichuan producing total  precipitations of 400 mm to 800 mm in Deyang and Dujiangyan, and 800 mm to 1,151 mm in some areas  between July 7 and 12, said deputy head of the Sichuan Provincial Meteorological Administration.

The extreme events destroyed 13,400 houses, affecting 3.47 million people and forcing at least 300,000 people to relocate.

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Drought Affecting Millions in China

Posted by feww on March 15, 2013

4th consecutive year of drought plaguing 53 percent of arable land in China

Lingering severe drought has left millions of people and farm animals in China without drinking water.

The worst affected areas are southwest China’s Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces, and northwestern Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

in Yunnan province 134 rivers and 138 reservoirs have dried up, reports say.

  • Two separate droughts across vast areas have affected at least ten million people, damaging or destroying large amounts of crops.
  • Yunnan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces face the worst drought among the western regions of the country, with a total of 31.67 million mu (2.11 million hectares) of arable land affected, or 53 percent of the total arable land affected by drought across the country,” said the report.
  • At least 4.97 million people in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have been affected by the drought. More than 1.43 million people and 796,000 livestock lack sufficient drinking water.
  • “In Gansu, lingering drought that began last autumn has affected 3.123 million people 47 counties and districts of which 643,400 are still facing a drinking water shortage, according to the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau.”
  • More than one million people in Guizhou and Gansu provinces are facing drinking water shortages.

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March 15, 2013  DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,093 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,093 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Drought Parches Millions of Hectares of Farmland in China

Posted by feww on April 28, 2012

Millions of Chinese short of drinking water as drought destroys
large swathes of cropland

Severe drought in China has left about 9 million people and tens of millions of farm animals short of drinking water, parching about 4 million hectares of farmland in Gansu, Hubei, Shanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, drought-relief officials said.

SW China’s Yunnan province, which borders Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, is said to be the worst hit area.

Earlier this months, the authorities declared 8 additional provinces as drought-stricken areas.

In 2011, parts of China experienced their worst drought in living memory, with rainfall averaging 50 percent of the  normal, destroying crops and cutting hydroelectric power from dams, officials said.

China is home to 20 percent of the world population, but has only about 5 percent of the world’s fresh water resources.

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Disaster Declared in Idaho Counties after Landslides and Flooding

Posted by feww on April 5, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 5

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,441 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

100-year rainfall records broken in Idaho and Bonner counties, Id

Extreme rain events have caused damaging landslides and closed roads throughout Shoshone, Idaho and Bonner counties, Id., prompting Governor Otter to declare a state of emergency.

  • Idaho, USA.  Extreme rain events have supersaturated the soil triggering multiple landslides, causing  widespread damage to infrastructure, closing roads throughout Shoshone, Idaho and Bonner counties, Id., and prompting Governor Otter to declare a state of emergency
    • “The landslides and flooding have damaged multiple roads in all three counties, causing residents and first responders to detour extensively around the closed roads. The landslide on Leitch Creek Road in Idaho County deposited an estimated 80,000 cubic yards of debris across the road, making it impassable for some time,”  said a report.

Significant Events

  • Mississippi, USA.  “March temperatures were above average across the entire NWS Jackson forecast area, with a new monthly average temperature record set at 3 of 6 area climate sites.”  NWS reported.
    • Warmest March on Record reported at
      • Greenwood (64.8ºF)
      • Hattiesburg (68.0)
      • Vicksburg/Tallulah (66.2)
    • 2nd Warmest at
      • Greenville (64.3)
    • 3rd Warmest
      • Jackson (66.3)
    • 4th Warmest
      • Meridian (65.0)
  • Current U.S. Drought Monitor

Other Disasters

  • Texas, USA.  The City of Forney (aka, the Antique Capital of Texas) in Kaufman County has been declare a disaster area after a tornado touchdown in downtown area mid afternoon Tuesday.
    • The twister damaged or destroyed about 100 structures,  and  a dozen people injured.
  • China.   Exceptional, extreme and severe levels of drought have spread to 13 Chinese provinces, leaving about 8 million people and 5 million heads of livestock without sufficient drinking water.

    • The worst affected provinces include Yunnan, Sichuan [a major farming area,] Hebei, Shanxi and Gansu, the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said
    • “The drought has also dried up reservoirs and threatened spring planting, affecting 60.1 million mu (4 million hectares) of crop land as of Thursday.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina. Torrential rains and hail storms across Buenos Aires have left at least twelve people dead and many injured, reports said.
  • England, UK.  Following two years of very low winter rainfall, large parts of England are officially in drought.
    • The drought has forced seven water companies throughout the UK to impose a temporary use bans (locally known as hosepipe bans).
    • “Dry winters can be particularly harmful because winter rain normally tops up groundwater and reservoirs. East Anglia, the South East and parts of Yorkshire are currently in drought, and other parts of the country  are affected. If the dry weather continues, more restrictions are likely to be necessary.” UK govt said.
    • Current situation: “East Anglia, the south east of England and south and east Yorkshire are in drought. . In parts of the Midlands, the south west of England and Wales some river flows are very low for the time of year and there are some noticeable impacts on the environment, but public water supplies are not affected.
    • “England and Wales had 38 per cent of the long term average rainfall in March. This ranged from 29 per cent in Wales to 68 per cent in our Anglian region. With dry weather affecting many regions this week, soil moisture deficits have continued to increase. River flows remain exceptionally low for the time of year in many areas. Groundwater levels continue to decrease and remain lower than at the same time in March 1976 in parts of Shropshire, the Chilterns, and the North Downs.”

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