Northeast China faces continued floods as Typhoon Doksuri aftermath persists, leading to more casualties and evacuations.

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The torrential rains in northeastern China, following the passage of Typhoon Doksuri, have resulted in further fatalities and missing individuals, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. The city of Shulan in Jilin province experienced five consecutive days of rainfall, leading to one reported death and five people unaccounted for, as reported by state media.

In the city of Shulan, where the population exceeds 700,000, over 14,300 people were evacuated by the local disaster relief agency. Distressing images showcased waterlogged streets surrounding residential areas and factories. By Friday afternoon, the city had received an average precipitation of 111.7 mm (4.4 inches).

While some regions are grappling with unprecedented rainfall, others are suffering from intense summer heat and drought, posing a severe threat to crops. The heavy rains, remnants of Typhoon Doksuri, have relentlessly battered northern China since late July, adversely affecting the lives of millions. As an example, the floods near Beijing and Hebei province claimed the lives of at least 22 people this week.

Heilongjiang province, known as China’s “great northern granary,” also faced overwhelming rainfall, resulting in flooded farms and streets, leading to the evacuation of numerous residents. In Shangzhi city, heavy rainfall transformed roads into waterways and inundated thousands of households.

The situation in Heilongjiang was particularly precarious, with 25 rivers nearing the risk of overflowing their banks. Consequently, disaster relief teams were dispatched to the province to aid in emergency response.

In Harbin, Heilongjiang’s capital, the situation was dire as more than 53,000 individuals had to be evacuated due to multiple reservoirs and rivers exceeding safety levels. Additionally, around 41,600 hectares (103,000 acres) of crops suffered damage.

Similarly, in the city of Yushu in Jilin province, approximately 120 kilometers south of Harbin, around 19,000 people were forced to evacuate due to flooding.

Meanwhile, in Hebei province, located around Beijing, the region faced severe flooding in recent weeks, prompting fresh rainstorm alerts on Saturday.

In Zhuozhou, southwest of Beijing, the floodwaters started to recede, allowing some of the 125,000 evacuated residents to return home. However, in the city of Baoding, which is home to 11 million people, the death toll reached 10, and 18 individuals were still reported missing, according to local authorities.

Flood damage was evident in the Yesanpo Scenic Area, a national park known for its stunning gorges and mountains, where roads were destroyed and bridges washed away by the floods.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Floods

Q: What is the cause of the floods in northeastern China?

A: The floods in northeastern China are a result of heavy rainfall following the passage of Typhoon Doksuri.

Q: How many people have been reported as casualties in the affected areas?

A: As per the latest reports, one person has died, and there are five people reported missing in the city of Shulan, Jilin province.

Q: How many people have been evacuated due to the floods?

A: Over 14,300 people were evacuated from the city of Shulan alone, which has a population of more than 700,000.

Q: How long has the region been experiencing continuous rainfall?

A: The city of Shulan in Jilin province has seen five consecutive days of rainfall.

Q: What is the extent of the damage in Heilongjiang province?

A: The heavy rainfall in Heilongjiang province has resulted in inundated farms and streets, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people.

Q: How many rivers in Heilongjiang are at risk of bursting their banks?

A: According to national emergency management authorities, 25 rivers across Heilongjiang province are currently threatened to overflow their banks.

Q: How many people had to be evacuated in Harbin, Heilongjiang’s capital?

A: More than 53,000 people were evacuated in Harbin due to multiple reservoirs and rivers exceeding safety levels.

Q: Are there any other affected areas in China?

A: Yes, Beijing and neighboring Hebei province also experienced flooding, resulting in at least 22 fatalities.

Q: What is the current situation in Zhuozhou, southwest of Beijing?

A: The floodwaters in Zhuozhou have started to recede, allowing some of the 125,000 evacuated residents to return to their homes.

Q: How many people have been reported as casualties in the city of Baoding?

A: The death toll in the city of Baoding reached 10, with 18 people still reported missing due to the floods.

Q: How has the floods impacted the Yesanpo Scenic Area?

A: The Yesanpo Scenic Area, a national park known for its gorges and mountains, suffered from damaged roads and washed-away bridges due to the floods.

More about Floods

  • “China floods: More people missing and thousands evacuated in northeast” (BBC News)
  • “Typhoon Doksuri leaves Northeast China reeling from floods” (Al Jazeera)
  • “China hit by floods as typhoon brings torrential rain” (The Guardian)
  • “China’s northeast hit by flooding after Typhoon Doksuri” (South China Morning Post)
  • “Floods in China’s Northeast Displace Tens of Thousands” (Voice of America)
  • “China’s Hebei issues flood alerts as heavy rains batter region” (Reuters)
  • “Rainstorms in Beijing, Hebei Lead to Fresh Flood Alert” (Bloomberg)
  • “China’s Heilongjiang faces major floods” (China Daily)

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