Millions Affected by Deadly Flooding in China

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
June 25, 2014; 4:50 AM ET
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The combination of the stalled frontal boundary and abundant moisture from the monsoon across Indochina has led to days of heavy rainfall in southern and eastern China.

The flooding has claimed at least 26 lives in southern China, with more people still missing according to the Associated Press.

An estimate of 337,000 people have been evacuated from their homes with 115,000 needing urgent relief supplies, according to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The hardest-hit regions extend from Guangxi and Guangdong northeastward through Hunan, Jiangxi, northern Fujian and Zhejiang.

The above image shows major cities and provinces of eastern China, courtesy of Bing.

Quzhou, in Zhejiang province, reported more than 325 mm (13 inches) of rain since Friday.

Flooding and mudslides across these provinces have damaged or destroyed nearly 75,000 homes.

A man walks on the flooded street from a heavy thunderstorm in Shanghai, China, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Sudden and heavy thunderstorms hit the city in the afternoon Shanghai and caused the flood with rain water over many streets. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Another round of heavy rain will occur later this week from Hunan province into Zhejiang province and the Shanghai municipality.

This round of heavy rainfall will bring 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) to most locations with local amounts over 200 mm (8 inches) leading to a high risk for more dangerous flooding.

Detailed Shanghai Forecast
China Weather Center
Quzhou Detailed Forecast

Additional rounds of locally heavy rainfall are expected to continue into next week across parts of southeastern China prolonging the threat for flooding.


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