94 killed, 78 missing in China floods

The floods inundated vast areas in 13 provinces in southern China.

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2011, 23:56 PM IST

Beijing: At least 94 people were killed
and 78 went missing in flash floods triggered by heavy rains
in parts of China, the state media reported today.

The floods inundated vast areas in 13 provinces in
southern China, affecting 8.5 million people, the official
Xinhua news agency reported.

China`s State Flood Control and Drought Relief
Headquarters said that the Hunan and Hubei provinces are the
worst hit.

A rescue team is heading to Hunan and Jiang-xi
province to direct flood relief efforts, it said.

Twenty-five people were killed and 12 were missing as
of Friday evening in central China`s Hubei Province, a
spokesman with the provincial civil affairs department said.

So far, more than 127,500 people were forced to
evacuate their homes and the floods have caused direct
economic losses of USD 133 million in the province.

PTI

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