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August 8, 2020
An active monsoon season prompted more than $20bn in flood-related damage in parts of China, Japan, India and Bangladesh during the month alone. Much of the physical damage to property, infrastructure and agriculture was anticipated to be uninsured – only reinforcing the importance of finding ways to help lower the protection gap across the region.
Furthermore, persistent seasonal rainfall worsened the flood situation across China’s Yangtze River Basin during the month, with the death toll since 1 June rising to at least 175, as extensive flooding affected the hardest-hit provinces of Anhui, Hubei and Chongqing municipality.
The Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) noted that nearly 500,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed and 5.2m ha of cropland affected. Direct seasonal economic losses were estimated at CNY150bn ($22bn), of which nearly $16bn occurred in July. Most of the losses were anticipated to be uninsured.
Other natural hazard events that occurred in Asia Pacific in July include: