China Hit by Drought and Flooding; More Flooding in Sudan
Rainstorms Flood Southwest China, Record Drought in North
Torrential rain battered Xishui County in China’s Guizhou Province from Sunday night (Aug.10) into Monday morning (ReliefWeb). By 5 p.m. (local time) on August 11, a total of 3,120 people had been evacuated and 25 homes had been washed away. At the time, nine deaths had been reported, with 11 people missing since downpours began on Saturday. Economic losses in Xishui have been estimated at 190 million yuan (US$30.88 million).
Meanwhile, North China’s Liaoning Province is experiencing the harshest drought in 63 years (since meteorological record-keeping began in 1951) (ReliefWeb). The persistent drought conditions have ravaged 2 million hectares of crops, with the possibility of further crop damage as less-than-normal rainfall is predicted through August.
Heavy Rains Lead to Continued Flooding in Sudan
Severe flooding continues in Sudan as heavy rains continue to move through the country (CPC). As of August 14, floods that began in late July has affected more than 36,000 families and destroyed over 28,000 houses (ECHO, Floodlist). A reported 77 deaths in 15 Sudanese states have been attributed to the heavy rainfall and resulting floods. An increase in diseases such as malaria and dysentery is also leading to further complications of the flood situation. Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue over the coming week (CPC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: China (Northern), United States (Southwest, Pacific), Kazakhstan, Hispaniola, Central America
Tropical Cyclone: Karina (Pacific)
Landslide: Guatemala, Ecuador
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Oregon, Idaho, California)
Flood: Laos, Thailand, United States (New York, Michigan), China (Southwest), India
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