Southern China Hit by Rainstorms

June 11, 2008 Updated: June 11, 2008

Heavy rain struck the majority of areas in southern China from June 8 to 9, including Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, and Guangxi provinces.

According to China's meteorological department, from the afternoon of June 8 to early morning on June 9, 667 towns in Hunan Province had heavy rainfall, and 185 towns were hit by rainstorms or huge rainstorms. Lixikou Reservoir monitoring station in Zhijiang County collected 175.9 mm (approx. 7 inches) of rainfall. At present, the rainfall continues in most parts of Hunan Province.

Up to the morning of June 9, the rainstorm affected 61,500 people, and caused 138 houses to collapse in 45 towns in Hunan Province. Direct economic losses exceeded 12 million yuan (approx. US$1.73 million).

From 8:00 a.m. on June 8 to 8:00 a.m. on June 9, most cities in Guangxi Province were also hit by heavy rain or rainstorms. Forty-one towns in Guangxi were affected, among them Huaibao town, which has been hit the hardest with 261.7 mm (approx. 10 inches) of rainfall.

Meteorological departments in Guangxi released news at 9:00 p.m. on June 9 that heavy rainfall and lightning weather will continue.

According to information from the rainfall monitoring station in Zhejiang Province, from 8:00 a.m. on June 8 to 8:00 a.m. on June 9, the average rainfall collected in the 110 stations in Zhejiang Province exceeded 50 mm (approx. 2 inches). The highest figure was close to 150 mm (approx. 6 inches) in Kaihua, Quzhou.

The north-central part of Jiangxi Province started to have rainstorms and strong lightning since the night of June 8. Twenty-two counties and cities had rainstorms.

Anhui Provincial Meteorological Observatory issued a blue rainstorm warning on June 9.