China. The precipitation peaks among the past 42 years since the flood season comes this year

rain chinaCMA. 23-05-2016 Source:China Meteorological News Press. It is reported that most of southern China and Northeast China as well as northern Xinjiang have seen above-average rainfall since the flood season set in motion on March 21 this year. From March 21 to May 18, the nationally-averaged precipitation struck 119.6 mm, which increased by 24.6% than average and hit a record high in comparison with that of the same period since 1974.

 The southern China has witnessed 14 significant periods of rain since the flood season worked. The precipitation in most of southern middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River hit 200mm to 600mm. Furthermore, in some certain locations of southern Anhui, northeastern Jiangxi, northwestern Fujian, northern Guangdong and Guangxi, the precipitation reached 600mm to 800mm. The daily rainfall in Taining and Jiangle County of Fujian, Yangshuo County of Guangxi, and Shawan County of Xinjiang set new records.

 In addition, in portions of Northeast China, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, South China, and Southwest China, the average precipitation was 81.7%, 30.6%, 19.5%, and 17.7% above normal, respectively. What’s more, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and South China observed above-average precipitation compared with that of 1983 and 1998 during this period.

 The China’s seven major river systems experienced wetter-than-average conditions except for the Haihe River and Huai River basin. The average precipitation was 88.5%, 63.8%, and 29.7% above normal for Liao River, Songhua River, and Yangtze River.

 The heavy rains triggered floods and geologic hazards and exerted an adverse effect on the traffic. According to statistics, from 13 to 19 May, 14 provinces (autonomous region), including Xinjiang, Gansu, and Qinghai, have been exposed to major natural hazards such as rainstorms, floods and landslides, affecting 990 thousand people and causing 1.02 billion yuan in economic losses.

Reporter Xu Wenbing and Wang Jingtao
Editor Wu Peng

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