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22 Jul 2020 | 04:22 PM UTC

China: Thousands evacuated as continue floods in Hubei province July 22 /update 3

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China evacuates thousands due to floods in central Hubei province, red alerts issued for Anhui and Jiangxi provinces on July 22; further inclement weather expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Anhui province, Henan,, Jiangsu province, China, Jiangxi province

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Event

Chinese authorities evacuated thousands on Wednesday, July 22, as 1.5 million cubic meters of earth fell into a tributary of the Yangtze River near Enshi (Hubei province) on Tuesday, July, 21. The landslide into the river created a blockage that threatened to flood several surrounding villages in the area as torrential rains continue to affect the region.

Chinese authorities stated that heavy rain across the country on Wednesday also raised flood warnings for other regions. Due to the rising water levels of the Yangtze River, and its adjoining lakes which are also due to continue rising throughout the week, authorities declared red alerts for the Jiangxi and Anhui provinces.

On Sunday, July 19, Chinese officials raised the flood alert for the Huai river to its second-highest tier from Level III to Level II amid concerns of a further rise in water level as heavy rainfall continues. Thousands of coastal residents in the provinces of Jiangsu, Henan, and Anhui have been ordered to evacuate to higher ground. Officials have stated that ten reservoirs on the Huai have seen water levels rise by up to 7 m (23 ft). The army has been deployed to build barricades in affected areas, in an attempt to keep floodwaters at bay.

While season flooding is a common occurrence in China, the rainfall this year is reportedly the heaviest in 30 years. Further heavy rainfall is expected throughout the week, expecting to bring additional flooding, landslides, and associated disruptions.

Advice

Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.

 

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