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Flooding Destroys Town of Caopo in SW China

Posted by feww on July 16, 2013

Extreme floods destroy Caopo, leave entire population homeless

The town of Caopo in SW China’s Sichuan province has been completely destroyed by extreme flooding, which has also triggered large scale landslide, blocking the roads and leaving the town solated.

“Officials say Caopo’s five thousand residents have been given temporary shelters, after flooding destroyed their homes,” said a report.on July 16, 2013

road to Caopo blocked by major landslides
An aerial photo taken from a helicopter shows a road to Caopo Township blocked by several major landslides and mudslide in Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Wu Yongbin).
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Landslide in Dujiangyan City kills at least 58, leaves 175 missing

At least 43 people were left dead after a landslide in the village of Sanxi, Dujiangyan City, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. “Some 118 people across the city were missing or can not immediately be reached. Local authorities are continuing to verify the exact number of those missing,” said a report.

Hundreds Stranded in Sichuan Storms

Heavy rain triggered floods in Shimian county, Sichuan province, early on Saturday, stranding about 400 villagers.

In the wee hours of Saturday, the storm lashed six townships in Shimian, flooding six rivers.

“Roads as well as power and communication were cut off in the townships. More than 1,100 people including two foreign tourists were evacuated,” said deputy county magistrate Hu Jijun.

As floods inundated roads to Shimian’s Caoke township, some 400 residents in the township’s Keping village lost contact with the outside world in the morning.

Meantime, the water supply was cut off in many parts of Chengdu because the city’s drinking water source was polluted by the rising floodwaters, and vegetable prices soared as extreme rains destroyed crops and disrupted supplies.

Cost to the People and Sichuan Economy

The recent storm, which have been pounding Sichuan beginning since July 7, have affected about 2.5 million people, leaving tens of thousands homeless. Direct economic losses is so far estimated at more than 12 billion yuan ($2 billion) have been pounding, said the Sichuan provincial department of civil affairs.

Disaster Hits Also Shaanxi Province

Rainstorms continued to buffet much of northern China, killing scores of people and causing severe damage to property and infrastructure.

“In northwest Shaanxi province, rain has caused the death of 27 people, and affected over 800,000. The resulting economic losses add up to 1.8 billion yuan or around 300 million US dollars,” said a report.

“In the city of Yan’an, nearly one hundred historic sites have been damaged by landslides and other rain-related accidents. Many other sites have been closed.

“Northern Shanxi province has also been hard hit by downpours, seeing the most rain since 1961. Experts say soil moisture in some areas has reached critical levels, and could trigger more disasters.”

Extreme floods destroy bridge in NE China, killing 4

Original Caption: A road bridge that formed part of the No. 101 national expressway is seen collapsed in Fuxin, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, July 16, 2013. Heavy overnight rain toppled the bridge early Tuesday, leaving four people dead. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

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Extreme Weather Wreaks Havoc in SW China

Posted by feww on July 10, 2013

Extreme Rain Events affect more than 10 million, destroy tens of thousands of homes in 300 counties

Extreme Rain Events have affected more than 508,000 people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, destroying at least 300 homes and raising water levels on major rivers dangerously high, said Xinhua.

“Rainstorm-triggered natural disasters have wreaked havoc in 21 provincial-level regions in China since July 3, leaving at least 33 dead and another 14 missing, the National Commission for Disaster Reduction said Monday.”

In central China’s Hubei Province, Extreme Rain Events have left a dozen people dead, about 2 million affected, 114,000 people in 29 counties relocated, tens of thousands of homes destroyed or damaged and about 200,000 hectares of crops ruined.

In Yunnan Province, rainstorms have affected about 30,000 people and destroyed at least 5,300 houses.  Schools in the area have been abandoned.

  • Since July 3, natural disasters triggered by extreme weather have killed or left missing scores of people, affected more than 10 million, displacing hundreds of thousands of others in as many as 300 counties across 21 provinces.

Rainstorms trigger landslide flood in Wenchuan SW China
Original caption: A road is destroyed by rainstorm-triggered landslide in Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, July 10, 2013. Rainstorms battered the county in these two days. (Xinhua/Lu Guotong). More images …

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Major Disasters in China Affect 855 Million People

Posted by feww on October 13, 2012


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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Multiple droughts, deadly earthquakes and floods in China

“Natural disasters” have affected hundreds of millions of people in China over the last decade, with about 855 million of the victims receiving assistance from the government, according to official data.

  • Multiple droughts, and floods have hit several parts of China over the last decade, including severe earthquakes that struck Sichuan and Qinghai provinces in 2008 and 2010, respectively,”said a report.

Pakistan Flooding: “Humanitarian Crisis”

“Flash floods and hill torrents triggered by heavy monsoon rains that fell across Pakistan in early September have caused widespread loss of life, livelihoods and infrastructure across the country.  Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces have been hardest hit. Many of the affected districts, particularly in Balochistan and Sindh, were already struggling to recover from the floods of 2010 and 2011.” U.N. reported.

  • Flooding and landslides have affected at least 5 million people, leaving about 4,000 people dead or injured, hundreds of thousands of villagers displaced more than half million homes destroyed or damaged.
  • “Infrastructure, roads, crops, houses and educational institutes have been severely affected in seven districts of Sindh, two districts of Punjab and four districts of Balochistan.” U.N. said.
  • About 4,000km²of land is still submerged under floodwaters.

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China Floods: Deaths, Displacement & Climbing Food Prices

Posted by feww on June 20, 2011

China: Textbook Drought and Deluge

First came the crop-destroying drought, then the floods submerged everything

Extreme rains have inundated large parts of several provinces  in China affecting millions of people according to China’s official news agency.

Torrential rains have also triggered landslide destroying homes, roads, bridges, dykes, and other infrastructure, killing many people.

The official death toll for June  flooding stands at about 110, with 70 or so people missing. The actual figures may be several time as many.

Original Caption: Heavy rain continued to batter many parts of southern China on Saturday, causing flooding and a host of other problems in at least three provinces. Source: CNTV. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Drought

“The drought beginning from spring, the worst in 50 years in some regions, still affects 72.19 million mu (4.81 million hectares) of farmland nationwide. The extreme drought left 630,000 people short of drinking water in the five provinces in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, Minister of Water Resources said.” Source

Climbing Food Prices

Food prices in China are forecast to surge by at least 14.2% analysts have said.

“The torrential rain has submerged much of the region’s vegetable farm land. Statistics from the agricultural department of Zhejiang Province show rainfall has reduced vegetable production by about 20 percent,” a report said.

Millions of people in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan and Guangdong provinces have already been affected by the shortages.

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Morakot: An Early Dividend of Climate Change

Posted by feww on August 11, 2009

Foreboding Future of Climate Change

Morakot dumps record 2,500mm of rain on parts of Taiwan

In Taiwan, typhoon Morakot dumped a record 2,500 mm (100 inches) of rain on Pingtung County,  officials said Tuesday, causing severe flooding in at least three coastal towns and a dozen more villages.

The storm triggered the worst flooding in Taiwan in living memory, killing at least 50 people and injuring dozens more. About 60 people were reported missing, with another 400 – 600 people unaccounted for.

In China, Morakot has affected up to 12 million people in four coastal  provinces, killing at least 10 people with dozens more injured. The storm destroyed a many as 10,000 homes, reports said.

Slow-Moving Typhoon Morakot Soakes Taiwan



After the slow-moving typhoon Morakot made landfall in Tawian, it soaked the southern part of the island with heavy rain between August 3 and 9, 2009, generating deadly landslides. The largest slide occurred in the southern mountains of Taiwan.

This image of the rainfall accumulation along Morakot’s path through the western Pacific is based on estimates from the near-real-time, Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis, which is produced by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The analysis depends on data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite. Increasing storm intensity (beginning with Tropical Depression) is indicated by darker shades of red. Morakot intensified to Category 2 strength prior to landfall. Highest rainfall totals (greater than 900 millimeters, or about 34 inches) are dark blue, and they are concentrated over the mountains of southern Taiwan. According to BBC news, the flooding in Taiwan is the worst in 50 years. NASA image by Jesse Allen, using near-real-time data provided courtesy of TRMM Science Data and Information System at Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey. [Edited by FEWW.]

Taiwan Asia Storm
In this image taken on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, and released by the Taiwan Military News Agency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, a soldier sifts through debris from Typhoon Morakot in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung county. A mudslide touched off by the deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village in Taiwan, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for, while officially there are 38 dead and 62 missing. (Taiwan Military News Agency/via AP).

Taiwan Asia Storm
In this image taken on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, and released by the Taiwan Military News Agency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, an aerial view of the flooded village of Shao Lin inflicted by Typhoon Morakot is seen in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung county. A mudslide touched off by the deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village in Taiwan, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for, while officially there are 38 dead and 62 missing. (Taiwan Military News Agency/via AP).

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