June 19, 2010

Over 100 dead or missing after heavy rains in China

Shanghai (ANTARA News/Reuters) - Floods and landslides across southern China have killed at least 69 people and left 44 missing in a week, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

Torrential downpours triggered flash floods, inundated crops, disrupted traffic and telecommunications across southern China, forcing the evacuation of 493,000 people, it said.

Worst hit were the provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Guizhou, and the Guangxi autonomous region. The economic damage was put at 6.5 billion yuan ($952 million.

Only a few months ago, parts of the southwest were suffering from the worst drought in a century.

Source : http://antaranews.com/en/news/1276949484/over-100-dead-or-missing-after-heavy-rains-in-china

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