55 killed in heavy rains in China

Last Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 21:57

Beijing: At least 55 people have been killed and 14 others were reported missing in rain and hailstorms that have lashed south China, media reports said on Friday.

Hardest-hit Guangdong Province reported 36 deaths and 10 missing persons, according to the National Committee for Disaster Reduction.

The National Committee for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs initiated emergency response for storms and flooding in Hunan Province that have already affected 1.59 million people and claimed three lives.

The committee also dispatched 3,000 tents to affected areas, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Civil affairs and disaster reduction authorities in Hunan have also sent relief materials including tents, blankets and bottled water to the affected areas.

Ten provincial localities in south China have been affected by the fresh round of storms and flooding that began on Tuesday, including Anhui, Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Sichuan, the report said.


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First Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 21:57

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