• Crisis Severity ?
    2.5
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  • Impact ?
    2.7
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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    2.1
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  • Complexity ?
    2.8
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  • Access Constraints ?
    3.0
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Overview

12/08/2021

Severe flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains affected over 14.5 million people in central Henan province in July. Flood-prone Zhengzhou city recorded a year's worth of rain between 17–21 July, resulting in sudden flash floods with severe impact on the population.

Around 300,000 people required urgent relief assistance in Henan province following the flooding. 300 people died or went missing, particularly in the province’s capital city Zhengzhou, where many died in subways and tunnels that were flooded with rainwater.

Around 90,000 houses were destroyed, and 5,800km2 of agricultural land were damaged by the floods. Widespread damages to infrastructure and disruption of transportation, communication, public services, industries, and livelihoods were reported, particularly in Zhengzhou city. Other severely affected cities include Dengfeng, Gongyi, Jiaozuo, Luoyang, and Ruzhou.

200,000 people in Henan province reported urgent livelihood support needs following the flooding. Food, NFI, and shelter are still needed for those most impacted. The affected population is at risk of COVID-19 infection, and the situation is aggravated by the spreading of the highly contagious Delta variant in Asia.

Although the authorities have restored many public services in the affected areas, reconstruction of houses and infrastructure is still underway. The economic losses in Henan province are estimated at around USD 18 billion. ?

Latest Developments

12/08/2021

No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.