Beijing: Floods and landslides due to
heavy rains have left 1,400 people dead or missing in China
since early this year and dislocated 134 million people, the
Chinese Government said here on Wednesday.
The floods and landslides have also inflicted losses
to tune of USD 27 billion.
As of today, 928 people were killed and 477 missing,
the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters,
(SFDH) said in a statement.
Floods have affected a total of 134 million people in
28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, resulting
in direct economic losses of USD 26.04 billion it said.
A total of 875,000 homes had collapsed, 9.61 million
people have been evacuated and 8.76 million hectares of crops
have been flooded nationwide, it said.
The SFDH statistics also showed that the direct
economic losses caused by floods this year more than doubled
the average level during the past ten years, and the number of
homes that collapsed went up by 60 percent.
21 people were presumed killed and 58 houses destroyed
yesterday when a major landslide hit Yaan city in Hanuyan
county in Sichuan province.
Meanwhile, the death toll from a bridge collapse
Saturday in central China`s Henan Province has risen to 44
with 22 still missing.
The Yihe River Bridge collapsed on Saturday in
Luanchuan County, Luoyang City, plunging nearly 100 people on
it into the gushing waters.
Rescuers are continuing to search for the missing
people, Xinhua reported.