Typhoon Soudelor causes widespread damage in China

Publicado: 11 agosto 2015 9:56 CET

By Shu Liu, IFRC

Typhoon Soudelor made its second landfall in Putian City, Fujian Province in southeast China on the night of 8 August, causing torrential rain and strong winds before moving north-west to the neighbouring Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces. The State Committee for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs launched a level-four response while the National Meteorological Centre issued the second-highest alert for the area.

The typhoon affected around 3.1 million people in Eastern China’s 89 counties and 995 townships, leaving 17 people dead and 5 missing. According to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief, 3,390 houses were reported collapsed and over 100,000 hectares of crops were destroyed. In Fujian, Zhejiang and Anhui province, 714,000 people were evacuated to safer areas. Some 2 million homes in Fujian were left without power on the night of 8 August as strong winds battered the provinces and damaged power lines. 3 airports in the province were forced to close down temporarily and more than 500 flights were cancelled as fierce winds disrupted public transportation.

The Red Cross Society of  China’s provincial branches were able to distribute relief materials and send emergency response teams to provide immediate assistance to the affected communities since the typhoon made landfall. A Red Cross Water and Rescue Team in Fujian assembled on the morning of 8 August and its 18 members are currently engaged in various rescue and evacuation missions. The Red Cross Society’s Fujian branch distributed 300 disaster relief kits to Putian, and together with the Zhejiang branch distributed 3,000 family kits, 55 tents, 1,500 mosquito nets, 4,600 flashlights, 5,650 jackets and 1,500 sets of clothes to the severely affected areas. The Red Cross is now in the process of dispatching more relief items to the hard-hit provinces from nearby Disaster Preparedness Centres. A special fund was later allocated to help the affected communities obtain necessities like food.  

The International Federation of  Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is working closely with the Red Cross Society of China to monitor the situation as it progresses and will provide support as required.