China: 13 killed, three missing after heavy rains
Beijing: At least 13 people were killed and three others remained missing in floods and landslides caused by heavy rainstrom in China`s central Hubei Province.
The rainstorm triggered by Typhoon Saola has also left 725 people injured and destroyed thousands of households while many were forced from their homes.
Floods and landslides triggered by maximum precipitation surpassing 400 mm has affected 120,000 households and caused direct economic loss of USD 124 million, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
The storm over the weekend forced 44,518 residents to relocate and destroyed 4,420 houses, it said.
Traffic on two national highways and four provincial highways was disrupted by rain-triggered floods.
Telecommunication services in affected areas have been suspended for 15 hours.
The rains also caused 72,700 households to lose power, although 28,200 households had regained power as of 11 am.
Three employye of the municipal power company went missing on their way to fix electrical facilities when their vehicle was flooded early last morning.
The body of the vehicle`s driver was found on a riverbank this morning, according to the company.
Rescuers are searching for the other two workers.
Irrigation channels, levees and water pipes have also been damaged to varying degrees, the municipal government said.
Rescuers are still searching for the missing while roads and telecommunications facilities are being repaired.
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