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Deadly Rainstorms Affect 5 Million in China

Posted by feww on June 23, 2014

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Hundred Thousand Homes Destroyed or Damaged in China Rainstorms

Extreme Rain Events (EREs) continue to batter large parts of China, said the country’s National Meteorological Center.

Rainstorms since June 18 have left dozens of people dead or missing, reported Xinhua.

“The Ministry of Civil Affairs said that 4.9 million people in the provinces of Fujian, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Yunnan as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing Municipality had been adversely affected by the rain as of 11 a.m. on Sunday, with 337,000 people relocated and 115,000 in urgent need of basic necessities.”

Hunan Province

In Hunan Province alone, as of June 21, flooding had affected about 3 million people, leaving 171,000 homeless, at least seven dead and four missing across 10  cities and 47 counties, according to the civil affairs authority.

Jiangxi Province [as of June 21, 2014]

“Jiangxi’s local bureau of civil affairs reported that at least five people had died across eight cities and 43 counties in the province as of 10 a.m. on Saturday. Downpours have swept the province since Wednesday,” said the report.

About 789,000 people have so far been affected, and 123,000 relocated.

“The rainstorms, which have caused the collapse of or substantial damage to 4,000 houses and affected 63,100 hectares of crops, have led to direct economic losses of 530 million yuan (84.85 million U.S. dollars) in Jiangxi,” Xinhua reported.

 Guangxi Province [as of June 21, 2014]

Severe weather have affected at least 118,700 people, leaving 2,341 homeless and  at least  two dead, as of 3 p.m.  Saturday, according to the regional civil affairs department.

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