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Deadly Floods Affect 6 Million People in China

Posted by feww on May 27, 2014


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Destructive floods leave 500,000 people homeless in China

Severe flooding and mudslides have affected more than six million people in central and southern China leaving at least 500,000 people homeless.

Hanan province issued a red alert as Extreme Rain Events continued to pound the region unleashing more floods and mudslides.

Floods have claimed at least 12 lives with two people reported missing, officials said.

“More than 1.37 million people in eight cities and prefectures in [Hunan] province have been affected, and 3,431 houses have collapsed [and more than 50,000 people were relocated.] Landslides triggered by rainstorms have occurred on sections of the No.209 national highway in Xiangxi Tu and Miao Autonomous Prefecture,” said a report.

South China

Meanwhile, the death toll from extreme weather events in south China reached 40 on Tuesday, with several others reported missing.

Flooding and landslides in 8 southern provinces have affected at least 5.51 million people, destroying tens of thousands of homes and leaving 447,000 homeless.

About 264,800 hectares of crops have been destroyed in flood related disasters, causing direct economic losses of about $1.18 billion, said the report.

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