Floodwaters receding in hard-hit southern China

Floods have caused CNY 53 billion in direct economic losses.

Beijing: Floodwaters receded in hard-hit southern China on Sunday and workers nearly finished repairing a dike breach that forced the evacuation of 100,000 people.

Torrential rains pummelled a wide swath of China`s south and more than three million people had to be evacuated from their homes over the past two weeks, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

China sustains major flooding annually along the mighty Yangtze and other major waterways, but this year`s floods have been especially devastating, killing 235 people while 109 remain missing, the ministry said.

Floods have also caused CNY 53 billion (USD 7.8 billion) in direct economic losses, it said.

Water had receded enough that some people returned to inspect their homes over the weekend, China Central Television said. Residents returned to find their mud-brick houses covered in sludge in areas that had been under 6 1/2 feet (2 meters) of water after a reservoir overflowed in Malong county of Yunnan province.

Workers using dump trucks and earth movers were repairing a breach in the dike on the Fu River in Jiangxi province, according to CCTV footage. There was still 220 feet (66 meters) left to fill, and authorities expected to complete the repair by Monday.

Efforts also focused on other provinces with crews cleaning debris from mudslides off highways and railway tracks, CCTV said. Local authorities were ordered to step up patrols to inspect for damage.

Bureau Report

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