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21 new lakes formed owing to China quake
Publish Date : Mon, 19 May 2008

Massive landslides resulting from the strong earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on May 12, 2008 in southwest China, have led to the formation of at least 21 lakes in various cities after land blocked the rivers flow. Water has been flowing over some of these blockages in Qingchuan county, but posed no danger.

Thousands homeless in China floods
Publish Date : Mon, 13 Aug 2007

Posted Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:00pm AEST

More than 3,600 houses have collapsed in southern China after rains from a fading tropical storm caused widespread flooding.

Hundreds of people in the north-east have been evacuated to avoid landslides, state media says.

In the capital Beijing, a clear, sunny day ended with a brief but violent storm taking everyone by surprise.

High winds uprooted several trees, knocked flowerpots off balconies, cut power in some places and caused flash floods.

Disasters triggered by rainstorm in southwest China
Publish Date : Mon, 28 May 2007

CHENGDU, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Disasters triggered by rainstorm have killed at
least 43 people in southwest China's Sichuan Province and Chongqing
Municipality over the past week, the local government confirmed on

Yangtze Flood Alert As Tibetan Glaciers Melt
Publish Date : Thu, 24 May 2007

Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2007 - Melting Tibetan glaciers could cause the worst flooding on the Yangtze since 1998, when more than 3,000 people were killed as China's longest river overflowed, state media said Thursday. "Meteorological and hydrological features in the Yangtze River valley this year are similar to those in 1998," said Cai Qihua, deputy chief of the Yangtze River Flood Control Headquarters, according to the China ...

Recent Floods in China

Floods are one of the most frequent hazards that affect China. Most of the floods occur in June-July. Since 1949, China has been struck by floods on an average of 5.8 times a year. The swelling of the four rivers, such as the Yangtze, Yellow, Huaihe and the Haihe rivers is one of the main causes for flooding. The area most affected by rainstorms and floods are the southeastern coastal regions, the Yangtze River and the Huaihe river valleys. (source: http://www.adpc.ait.ac.th)