[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Floods and typhoon kill dozens in China

Typhoon Utor has triggered floods and landslides in China, while other parts of the country suffers from drought.

Last Modified: 18 Aug 2013 07:34
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Rescue teams are being sent for thousands of people trapped by rainfall-triggered flooding [Reuters]

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate their homes in China as the country deals with severe flooding in the northeast and a typhoon in the south, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The death toll has risen to 37 in northeast China, Xinhua reported on Sunday, while 140,000 people had been forced to leave their homes

More than 2,500 homes have been destroyed and at least 12,500 others severely damaged. Thousands of square metres of farmland in the region are under water.

CCTV said local authorities were expecting the highest water levels in thirty years along one stretch of the Heilongjiang river, with the biggest surge forecast for next Saturday.

In Hunan in central China, Xinhua reported five confirmed dead and four missing in Lanshan County after Typhoon Utor brought torrential rain to the city.

Five villages and towns in Lanshan had been marooned by the floodwaters, with rescuers only able to reach them on foot.

As the typhoon moved further south into Guangxi province, Xinhua said it had killed at least six and affected another 650,000 people. Another two people were reported buried by a landslide in a nearby village.

Rescue teams were sent on Saturday for about 3,000 residents trapped by rainfall-triggered flooding in Longwo township of southern China's Guangdong province.

Serious flooding

Typhoon Utor hit Guangdong on August 14 and unleashed heavy rainfall in Heyuan city, which led to the serious flooding.

According to rough statistics, there were 183 collapse-damaged sections to all the roads in Longwo, besides 266 landslides.

The rain continued in the area.

Meanwhile in central China's Hubei province, the meteorological centre recently issued a red alert on drought for the first time in history, upgrading drought index to "extreme drought" in over 40 cities and counties of the province.

A red alert, the highest for drought, is issued when drought index reaches to "extreme drought", or when 60 percent of farm crops are affected.

Mid-season rice, which is in the grain filling period, will be forced to ripen early by the heat and leading to reduced production. Corn is also in a key period for production, as well as cotton.

Moreover, insect attacks will be further increased.

A total of 1.6 million hectares of farmland have been affected by drought by August 16, with nearly 1.9 million people and 487 thousand livestock lacking drinking water.

In response to persistent drought, 34 counties and cities have urgently opened reservoirs, pump stations, water gates for drought control.

Drought conditions will continue to worsen in Hubei over the coming week, the Wuhan meteorological centre said.

430

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow?
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
Activists say 'Honor Diaries' documentary exploits gender-based violence to further an anti-Islamic agenda.
As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement.
join our mailing list