More Rain for Flood-Ravaged South China

By , Senior Meteorologist
June 1, 2014; 8:52 PM ET
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Recent heavy rain has claimed at least 37 lives across South China, and more rain is on the way.

Over the past week, the Associated Press reports that torrential rain has left 37 people dead and six missing across southern China.

Flooding downpours over the weekend in Guizhou Province claimed another three lives, while a rescuer in Jiangxi Province died after his yacht capsized while searching for a missing middle school student.

Xinhua claims that the yacht capsized due to engine failure.

Guangdong province was hardest hit with 17 deaths reported from the most recent flooding.

Also in Jiangzi, 5,000 residents of Pingxiang City remained trapped by floods as of midday Sunday (local time). More than 4,000 people had already been evacuated.

Overall at least 25,000 homes have been destroyed by the flooding this year. In total more than 400,000 people have been displaced by the flood waters.

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Hunan Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters told Xinhua that the heavy rain caused the displacement of 16,000 residents and the collapse of 520 homes.

For the end of the weekend, another series of storms will bring heavy rainfall to areas from eastern Guizhou and Guangxi provinces northeastward through Fujian and Zhejiang, continuing the threat for flooding across the region.

Moisture from a tropical low that moved into northern India this week will be pulled into southeast China into Sunday, further enhancing the rainfall.

New rainfall amounts of 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) will be common with local amounts over 150 mm (6 inches) possible.

Shanghai will likely see a period of heavy rainfall into Sunday night. Downpours can quickly lead to flooding in any poor drainage areas with rainfall rates up to 25 mm (1 inch) per hour possible.

Most of the thunderstorms will remain north of Hong Kong this week, which is good news for areas that were impacted by heavy rain and flooding early in May.

Meteorologist Eric Leister and Alan Reppert contributed to this story.

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