86 killed, 16 missing in heavy rains in China

Regular rainstorms that pounded China`s southern parts since early this month have left 86 people dead and 16 others missing, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

Beijing: Regular rainstorms that pounded
China`s southern parts since early this month have left 86
people dead and 16 others missing, the Chinese Ministry of
Civil Affairs said.

About 7.9 million people have been affected by the
rainstorms and direct economic losses total close to USD 864
million, the ministry said in a notice.

The rainstorms also damaged 399,000 hectares of crops,
in addition to 137,000 houses, Xinhua reported.

More than 275,000 people in Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi,
Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Guizhou Provinces, the
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing Municipality
have been relocated.

Violent rainstorms with hail and gales hit southern
China on May 5, leading to record high precipitation in many
areas, including the southern economic hub of Guangzhou.
Flooding, landslides and mud-and-rock flows ensued.

The Civil Affairs Ministry said it has initiated a
level-four emergency response in Chongqing, Hunan and
Guangdong, which have been hit the hardest.

The ministry has allocated special funds for relief
work in the affected areas and dispatched work teams to direct
the relief work.

In another notice issued by the ministry, it demanded
local authorities make people`s safety the top priority.

Relief personnel, funds and supplies should reach
affected areas within 24 hours, the notice said.

The notice also urged to provide food, clothes, clean
drinking water, shelter, medical treatment for the sick.

PTI

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