DFO 2003-155

Flooding: 07/01/03 - ongoing

Eastern China - Huai River

Anhui, Jiangsu and Henan Provinces

Flood Season - Heavy Rain - Levee Breaks

Detailed Locations:
Eastern China
Anhui Province - counties: Funan, Huoqiu, Yingshang, Chuxian. - Wangjiaba, Mengwa, Bengbu.
Henan Province - counties: Xixian, Xuyi. Hongze Lake area.
Jiangsu Province - Huaiyuan City

Haui River and Tributaries: Chu, Pi

Heavy rain since June 21. July 3 - floodgates at Wangjiaba are opened for the 13th time since 1949 inundating 12,000 ha farmland, most serious flooding on Hauihe in 12 years. 20,000 evacuated before the flood water was diverted. July 6 - record level on Huaihe river: 26.22 metres at the Lutaizi (previous record 26m in 1991). Major dike on Tangduo lake blasted. July 7- 32,000 homes destroyed and a further 120,000 damaged; 5,700 villages inundated. Highest levels since 1949 in Xuyi county, Jiangsu. July 14 - Huaihe River dropping in Anhui, still rising in Jiangsu. Huaihe river below "danger levels" on July 16. Total damages less than 1991 flood despite record high levels. Total of nine diversion areas used in flooding.
MODIS observation of high water on Huai River on July 7 and 12.

Dead: 18 Displaced: 1,600,000 Damages: $400,000,000 Affected Region ( sq km): 108,400 Severity Class* : 1 Flood Magnitude**: 19.0

MODIS flood inundation limit file names***:

Huai River and Hongze Lake near city of Bengbu in Anhui and Jiangsu Provinces
Huai River west of Bengbu in Anhui Province


Map preparation and image analysis: Elaine Anderson

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