China rainstorm death toll reaches 55
18 May Gulf Times
The rainstorms that battered southern China this week have killed 55
people and left 14 others missing.
The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs website says at least nine
provinces have had storms and some flooding and landslides since
It says Guangdong province has been hit the hardest, with 36 deaths
and 10 missing people, followed by Jiangxi province, where six people
are reported dead and four more missing.
Floods and landslides forced the evacuation of tens of thousands,
after rainstorms swept across southern China.
At least 19 died and 11 were missing in the worst-hit province of
Guangdong after torrential rain buffeted most of southern China from
Tuesday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs reported. The storms, floods and
landslides affected some 650,000 people in Guangdong, forcing the
evacuation of at least 36,000, provincial officials said.
Water more than one metre deep flooded the streets of several
southern cities, according to photographs on the China Central
Television website and in other state media. Rescuers in the
south-western province of Guizhou were searching for two people missing
and one trapped under rubble after a landslide engulfed three homes in a
village in Nayong county.
The south-eastern coastal city of Xiamen recorded 141 millimetres of
rain in four hours early Thursday, the heaviest rainfall for about 60
The worst flooding for about 100 years was reported along a tributary
of Guangdongâ€™s Beijiang river.
The Qujiang district of Guangdongâ€™s Shaoguan city recorded 339.8
millimetres of rain from Tuesday. At least 10 people died and seven were
missing in Shaoguan, local media said.
Floods and landslides also blocked roads and cut off electricity to
several villages, the reports said.
The rainstorms were forecast to weaken yesterday before battering
many parts of Guangdong again today, provincial meteorologists said.