China floods: 52 killed, 32 missing

The floods inundated vast areas in 12 provinces in central and southern China over the past week.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

Beijing: At least 52 people were killed and
32 went missing in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in
parts of China, which also forced evacuation of over a lakh
people from southwestern Guizhou province.

The floods inundated vast areas in 12 provinces in
central and southern China over the past week, affecting 40.8
lakh people, Shu Qingpeng, deputy head of the Office of State
Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, told the media
on Wednesday.

The floods, which have so far left 52 people dead and 32
missing, also destroyed 7,462 houses and submerged 255,000
hectares of farmland, incurring direct economic loss of USD
760 million, he said.

Persistent downpours have also wreaked havoc in southwest
China`s Guizhou province since June 3, forcing over 100,000
people to evacuate, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Heavy rainfalls have drenched the previously parched
lower and middle parts of the Yangtze River basin, increasing
water to alert levels in the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan and
Guizhou.

Wangmo County in Qianxinan Autonomous Prefecture of
Guizhou recorded maximum one-hour precipitation of 122.5
millimetres, the most in 200 years, Shu said.

He asked local authorities to monitor closely the
rainfall and water levels and step up prevention against
floods as more downpours are expected to hit many parts of
China from June 9 to 12.

PTI