More than 2 million affected by China flooding

China says more than 2 million people have been displaced or otherwise affected by flooding in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

Beijing: China says more than 2 million people have been displaced or otherwise affected by flooding in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

The official Xinhua News Agency says torrential rains have left huge areas of the relatively wealthy province underwater, with 42,254 acres (171,000 hectares) of farmland inundated.

Xinhua reported Sunday that almost 1,000 businesses have been forced to suspend operations and 2.6 million people have had their lives disrupted. Direct financial damages were estimated at almost 5 billion yuan ($772 million).
Flooding in eastern and southern China this month has left more than 170 people dead or missing. Roads and railways have been blocked, but aid supplies are arriving and the country`s weather bureau says skies are expected to clear up Monday.

Bureau Report

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