Severe weather continues in China
(July 10, 2011) Natural disasters left 449 people dead and 100 missing in the country in the first six months this year, according to a government report published on Saturday. Disasters inflicted a direct economic loss of 142 billion yuan (21.8 billion U.S. dollars) and forced 2.96 million people to evacuate from their homes where 274,000 buildings collapsed, said the evaluation report posted on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs. From January to June, the Chinese mainland had frequent earthquakes, with seven measured at a 5.0-magnitude or higher, and three tropical storms hit the mainland in June, it said. A total of 25.5 million hectares of crops were affected by disasters, such as drought, flooding and snow, and 1.93 million of them went unharvested, the report said. Read more HERE.
(July 8) Forty nine people are dead and 21 missing in floods and mudslides which followed a week of torrential rain in parts of southern, central, northwestern, northern and northeastern China. The authorities say over 300 thousand people have had to leave their inundated homes.
(July 6, 2011) A landslide triggered by torrential rain left 18 people dead and two others injured in northern China. China is annually hit by big summer rainfalls. Last year, they triggered the nation’s worst flooding in a decade, leaving more than 4,300 people dead or missing in floods, landslides and other rain-related disasters. One devastating mudslide in the northwestern province of Gansu killed 1,500 people last August. The Ministry of Civil Affairs said that 279 people had died in China in natural disasters in June alone – a large portion of which were killed by rain-triggered accidents such as floods and mudslides.
(July 6, 2011) A rescuer attempts to reach stranded people in Wenchuan county, Sichuan Province in China.
(July 6, 2011) Eighteen people were confirmed dead and four others injured in a rain-triggered landslide that lashed Lueyang County in northwestern Shaanxi Province in China.