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Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Deadly Floods Hit North Korea, Eastern China and the Russian Far East in the wake of typhoon Lionrock
Deadly typhoon Lionrock has continued to
cause havoc along the west coast of the North Pacific after killing 30 people
in Japan earlier this week.
In North Korea the Red Cross reports that
more than 300mm of rain were reported between 29 and 31 August, causing
flooding of the Tumen River and its branches in this region around the Chinese-
North Korea border.
Reports indicate that Hoeryong City is
greatly affected with over 2,000 houses inundated or submerged and over 1,000
houses completely destroyed.
The Red Cross reported ten deaths, with a
further 15 people still missing. Unconfirmed reports indicated that 17,182
households have been affected by the floods. It is estimated that more than
9,088 houses have been damaged, and over 8,094 houses destroyed. Up to 44,009
people are reported to be displaced.
In China Typhoon Lionrock was also the
cause of flooding that struck parts of eastern China according to China’s
Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).
Officials from MCA say that just fewer than
1 million people were affected in total, with around 44,000 forced to evacuate
areas in Jilin where over 1,100 homes were damaged or destroyed. Around 200
homes were also damaged or destroyed in Heilongjiang province.
In Russia the governor of Maritime
Territory (Primorsky Krai) declared state of emergency in the region after
torrential rain and flooding from 29 August 2016. Russia’s Emergency Ministry,
EMERCOM, says that the equivalent of around 3 months of rain fell in the days
between 29 and 31 August.
Typhoon Lionrock made landfall on 30 August
near the city of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The storm caused heavy rain
causing deadly floods and landslides. Authorities in North Korea reported
severe flooding in North Hamgyong Province from 29 August. In China, Lionrock
caused flooding in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, central and northern
Liaoning and eastern Inner Mongolia from 29 August, affecting 950,000 people.
Flooding was also reported in Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far East.