China floods: 118 killed, 47 missing since July 01

Rains and floods have disrupted lives of 9.24 million people, reports Xinhua.

Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 15:27 PM IST

Beijing: Rainstorms and floods sweeping through south China have left at least 118 people dead and 47 missing since July 01 with officials warning that if the rains continue, the country could face a worst situation.

More than 32.3 million people in 10 southern provinces and Chongqing Municipality had been affected by continuous rainstorms and floods till yesterday, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs said in statement.

About 10 lakh houses were destroyed and close to 1.1 million people had been relocated, the statement said. Direct economic losses were estimated at CNY 22.2 billion (about USD 3.3 billion).

In Anhui Province alone, at least four people had been confirmed dead since July 08, whereas direct economic losses amounted to CNY 2.3 billion.

The ministry had allocated 3,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, and 20,000 quilts to Anhui.

In Hubei Province, rain-triggered floods and disasters have left 28 people dead and two others missing since July 03, the provincial civil affairs administration said yesterday.

Rains and floods have disrupted lives of 9.24 million people, forcing more than 256,700 people to be relocated. Nearly 34,000 houses toppled and 923,700 hectares of crops were damaged, incurring CNY 7.64 billion in direct economic losses, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

In Yunnan Province, at least three people were killed and more than 1,000 residents were affected after a downpour hit Hongqiao Township in Lijiang City yesterday.

PTI