Over 160,000 people affected in China storm

The tropical storm Meari has caused floods in 17 counties of three Chinese provinces.

Updated: Jun 27, 2011, 20:27 PM IST

Beijing: Gales and downpours generated by
the tropical storm Meari have caused floods in 17 counties of
three Chinese provinces, affecting the lives of 164,000
people, government said on Sunday.

Floods in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang and
Shandong since Saturday, have forced the evacuation of 7,500
people, affected 33,000 hectares of farmland and destroyed 400
houses, quoting the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs,
state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

The disaster has resulted in direct economic losses of
nearly 200 million yuan (around USD 30.89 million) for the
three provinces, it added.

The ministry urged local authorities to closely
monitor the tropical storm and work harder on disaster
information reporting and disaster relief.

Meanwhile, the Chinese`s meteorological authority has
forecast that the provinces of Shandong and Liaoning will get
a break from the torrential rains over the next 24-hours as
Meari heads for the Korean Peninsula.

PTI