China is hit by extreme weather

Severe weather and strong winds affecting Heilongjiang Province and east China's Shandong Province on Wednesday,3rd June 21, flooding roads and disrupting traffic and causing a number of severe weather-related incidents that resulted in casualties and widespread damage.

Media reported, one fatality, up to 16 injured people, 243 displaced people, nearly 150 destroyed or damaged houses, and several power outages across the area of Changshou Municipality. China Meteorological Administration (CMA) forecast heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms over most of Heilongjiang Province in next 24 hours.

From June 4 to 13, most parts in South and Southwest China will have 30 to 70 percent more precipitation than in normal years. Temperatures in most regions in North and Northwest China will be 1 to 2 C higher, the China Meteorological Administration said.

In May, East China has had more rainstorms. Seven provinces including Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang and Shanghai experienced 50 percent more precipitation than in normal years, the second-highest level since 1961, the administration said. 

Wang Zhihua, spokesman for the administration, said that compared with the same period last year, they had released 77 percent more severe weather alarms and 50 percent more heavy rain alerts in May. “The alarms have served disaster prevention and damage reduction well. They also played an effective role in disaster relief organization by local authorities,” he said.