China, Japan, Philippines: Extreme weather causes death and chaos in Asia
According to China’s Civil Affairs Ministry, rainstorms and floods have left at least 118 people dead and a further 47 missing in southern China this month.
Damage from the flooding includes the destruction of some 101,000 houses, the relocation of 1.1 million people and an estimated financial toll of around $3.3bn (€2.6bn).
From a xinhuanet.com report:
By 4 p.m. Wednesday, more than 32.3 million people in 10 southern provinces and Chongqing Municipality had been affected by continuous rainstorms and floods, the ministry said.
Euronews reports that Japan’s northern Kyushu and Chugoku regions have experienced severe flooding, resulting 85,000 evacuation orders. More heavy rains are being forecasted for the regions.
The Philippines was also hit by extreme weather in the form of Typhoon Conson, the first typhoon of this year’s season, which struck the Southeast Asian country on Wednesday. The powerful tropical storm ripped through northeast Quezon and the central island of Luzon before battering the capital, Manila.
At least 22 people in the Philippines are dead as a result of Typhoon Conson and millions are stuck without electricity.
From a BBC News report:
Twelve people were reported injured and 57 are thought to be missing after the storm which had winds of 120km/h (75mph).
The typhoon is expected to hit Macau and China’s mainland later in the week.