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Updated on 14 July 2020

The Situation:

China has been contending with some of the worst flooding it has seen in the past 30 years, with more rains in the forecast for the rest of this week.

So far 140 have died, 38 million have been affected and at least 28,000 homes have been destroyed. At least 33 rivers have hit record highs and 433 rivers issued alerts. Among them the powerful Yangtze River has hit its third-highest level on record and is expected to continue rising throughout the week.

Authorities are reporting the worst-hit provinces: Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan in central China, Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu in the country's east, and the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing.

China Meteorological Administration Daily Briefing for 14 July 2020:

The National Meteorological Center predicts that the Yangtze River Delta will usher heavy rain. Cumulative rainfall (100-180mm) will wallop eastern Sichuan, Chongqing, northern Guizhou, southern Shaanxi, Hubei, southern Henan, Anhui, southern Jiangsu, Shanghai, and northern Zhejiang. From 17-21 July, the main rain belt will move northward. The western section will dwell in eastern Sichuan Basin and Hubei.

The National Meteorological Center released a blue warning for a rainstorm at 6:00 a.m. on July 14. From 14-15 July, heavy rain will grip southern and eastern Sichuan, western and northern Chongqing, southern Shaanxi, southern Henan, northern Hubei, central Anhui, southern Jiangsu, northern Zhejiang, northern North China, and central Sichuan Basin. Torrential rain (100-150mm) will pelt some regions. There will be severe convective weather and short-range heavy rainfall. The hourly intensity will reach 20-40mm.

Possible Effects:

  • Heavy rainfall could lead to landslides and flooding

  • Dangerous river levels

  • Downed trees, hindering rescue/recovery efforts

  • Traffic delays

  • Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights

  • Power outages in homes and places of work

Mitigating Measures to Apply:

  • Check with the supplier to ensure they are open and operating

  • Monitor local news and weather media for updates

  • Allow extra time for travel to and from supplier and airport

  • Avoid traveling through flooded areas

  • Keep extra bottled water in lodging

  • Keep electronics charged and maintain contact throughout the remainder of the trip

  • Confirm flight itinerary prior to departure to the airport

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

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