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Southern China Hit With Deadly Floods This Past Week, Billion Dollar Disaster

The rainy season front has been bringing torrential rainfall across China and Japan this past week leaving at least 22 dead in China and 3 dead in Japan with another 22 missing following wide spread rainfall topping 600mm in some areas.

Since Saturday Southern China has been pounded by these heavy rains forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. In Hunan province a dam broke in the town of Liye prompting a swift evacuation of 18,500 people on Monday.

In Xingyi City Guizhou eight people became trapped in a coal mine when the tunnels became flooded in rising waters.

In a separate instance search and rescue operations for seven miners missing after a landslide in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region continued into a second day on Tuesday.

 

According to the Xinhue news agency the storms have damaged or collapsed 10,500 homes across southern China this past week.  This could also be one of the first billion dollar disasters of 2016 topping 1.1 billion dollars according to the same news agency.

 

Each year the rainy season brings floods to the region but this year coming off the El Nino last year and the incoming summer season we have been seeing a extra strong rainy season in China.

 

With that said more rainfall is in the forecast with up to 120mm expected in South Eastern areas of the country through Wednesday night.

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The question for some is what is the rainy season?

 

In the episode above of Westpacwx 101 we discuss the rainy season.

There are a few tips to remember if you are in any of the places that get this annual drencher. Every day ideas that you should keep in mind before heading out and about.

 

Tips for the Rainy Season

Tips for the Rainy Season

Lastly I do want to note the rainy season is all apart of a bigger process with the North East and South West Monsoons. The video below breaks down what both of them are and how they impact the seasons across East Asia and the Western Pacific.

Its not all gloom though in the rainy season, of of the symbols of the time is the Hydrangea, a flower that blooms in June and July during the peak of the wet season in Japan.

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