The Hunan Provincial Government Information Office reported on June 8 that nearly 1.8 million people were affected by recent heavy rainfall and flooding in Hunan Province. At least 10 people were killed, and three people went missing.
According to the report, Hunan experienced the most extensive and longest rainfall this year from June 1 to 6.
More than 2,000 houses collapsed or were severely damaged. According to officials, a direct economic loss is estimated at over 4 billion yuan ($600 million).
The report said that Hunan’s rainfall has increased by 20% over average in this year’s flood season. Especially since May 28, this round of precipitation has been twice as high as usual.
One resident said in a video that her grandmother had lived for so long, but had never seen such a big flood. The resident added that heavy rain had been falling for days, and they were ready to evacuate.
Heavy rainfall has damaged many industrial infrastructures and agriculture in Hunan. More than 83,000 acres of crops were destroyed. About 20,000 acres of crops were unharvested.
Many highways in the province were damaged or blocked. Heavy rainfall also caused local areas of power distribution equipment and facilities to be damaged.
At the same time, two reservoirs are risking overflowing the dams.
According to overseas Chinese media, many netizens were surprised that Hunan had suffered such a severe disaster in just a few days.