Beijing: Heavy rains lashing several
parts of China have claimed 146 lives during the last
fortnight, with more than 38 million people in 10 provinces
affected by floods and landslides.
As downpour continues triggering destruction in
southern China, the death toll in floods since July 1 has gone
up to 146 and 40 persons are reported missing.
About 124,000 homes have been destroyed by torrential
rains and more than 1.3 million people have had to be
relocated, the Civil Affairs Ministry said in an update on
More than 38.2 million people in 10 southern provinces
and Chongqing Municipality have been affected by continuous
rainstorms and floods since July 1, it said.
Direct economic losses as a result were estimated at
about 29.5 billion yuan (USD 4.32 billion).
The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of
Finance today jointly allocated 370 million yuan as disaster
relief funds to five provinces of Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou
and Yunnan, as well as Chongqing Municipality.
The money will be mainly used for the evacuation and
resettlement of flood-affected people and the reconstruction
of rural houses, Xinhua reported.