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    Torrential rains and floods hit China beginning at the end of May 2010 and continued until the first week of August. The Yangtze, Yellow and Songhua rivers have exceeded annual high levels. Affected provinces include Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guandong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Henan, Jilin, Anhui, Jiangsu, Chongqing, Shanghai and Sichuan. More than 400 million people in over 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions were affected.

    Rain-triggered Mudslides

    On 8 August 2010, around 0:00 AM, landslides and mud-rock flows brought about by the heavy rains occurred in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province. The mud-rock flow leveled an area of about 5 km long, 300 meters wide and 5 meters deep in the county seat with more than 2 million cubic meters of mud and rocks, severely damaging power, telecommunication and water supply facilities. The mudslides destroyed more than 300 homes and damaged another 700.

    Chinese authorities are being ordered to prepare for new flooding as the death toll from weeks of weather-related disasters continues to rise.

    Voice of America

    Rescuers in China are bracing for potentially more flooding just 72 hours after the country’s worst mudslide in decades killed more than 700 people in the northwest Gansu province. Forecasts indicate that more heavy rain is likely.

    Military and rescue workers are trying to clear debris that is clogging the Bailong River and could create temporary dams which could then burst and send more water and mud rushing into the already devastated region

    Christian Science Monitor

    In China, Three Gorges Dam's image showing some cracks

    The dam was hailed as an engineering feat that could withstand the worst flood in 100 years. But this year's torrential rains have severely tested its capacity to control the surging Yangtze.

    LA Times

    China's National Disaster Reduction Commission issued an urgent circular on Monday, ordering the civil affairs authorities across the country to step up measures to prevent and control floods and other rain-triggered disasters.

    The circular came amid weather forecasts predicting two more periods of heavy rainfall across the country, which has suffered the worst floods in at least a decade this summer.

    The civil affairs authorities must closely monitor the development of torrential rains and guard against flooding, geological disaster and other rain-triggered disasters, it said.

    Further, it ordered the evacuation and relocation of residents in high risk areas prone to flooding, landslide, and mudslide, and said that disaster relief materials and temporary shelters must be in place well in advance.


    Floods and other rain-triggered disasters have left more than 2,300 people dead and 1,200 missing nationwide this year.


    China has suspended traffic on the Yalu river, which marks the border with North Korea, because of record rainfall in an area already badly hit by floods.

    More than 40,000 people have been moved from their homes in the Chinese border city of Dandong.

    Red Cross workers in North Korea have reported heavy damage by floods in the east of the country.


    In China's hub for North Korean trade, the bang and clatter of preparation for transportation usually begins early, about 5 or 6 am. Once paperwork is finalized, the barriers go up and floods of trucks pour across the China-North Korea Friendship bridge in northeastern China into the Hermit Kingdom. Now, however, a deluge from the Yalu River is causing traders and local officials concern.

    Flooding in Jilin province - upriver from Dandong - has strained the province's dam system. Trash has been swept into the rivers, blocking water flow, and some fear potentially disrupting the operation of the Yunfeng dam, which is currently at full capacity.

    Asia Times

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