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China reports 26 deaths in southern rainstorms
                 English.news.cn | 2014-06-23 16:11:31 | Editor: Yang Yi

China reports 26 deaths in southern rainstorms

BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Rainstorms battering south China since June 18 have left 26 people dead and three missing in nine provincial-level regions, according to latest official figures.

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

The downpours have toppled more than 8,700 houses, damaged another 66,000 homes and left 42,200 hectares of crops unharvestable, leading to direct economic losses of 4.08 billion yuan (653 million U.S. dollars).

Among the fatalities, 11 occurred in Hunan, five in Jiangxi and four in Fujian. Guizhou, Guangxi and Chongqing each reported two deaths.

The latest round of heavy rainfall began to hit south and southwest China on June 18, bringing gale, floods and landslides.

Rainstorms have also caused landslides and flash floods in east China's Zhejiang Province. Local authorities have started emergency response for possible geological hazards.

民政部:近期南方暴雨洪涝灾害造成9省26人死亡3人失踪

新华网北京6月22日电民政部网站22日发布信息显示,6月18日以来,江南、华南、西南等地部分地区出现大到暴雨,局地大暴雨并伴有雷电、大风、短时强降雨等强对流天气,引发洪涝、滑坡、泥石流等灾害。据国家减灾委办公室统计,截至22日11时,福建、江西、湖北、湖南、广西、重庆、四川、贵州、云南9省(自治区、直辖市)有489.6万人不同程度受灾,26人因灾死亡、3人失踪。

其中,湖南因灾死亡11人、失踪2人,江西因灾死亡5人,福建因灾死亡4人,贵州因灾死亡2人、失踪1人,广西、重庆各因灾死亡2人。

与此同时,灾害造成33.7万人紧急转移安置,11.5万人需紧急生活救助,8700余间房屋倒塌,6.6万间不同程度损坏,农作物受灾面积283.8千公顷,绝收42.2千公顷,直接经济损失40.8亿元。

 (Note: The above is the same story reported in English and Chinese respectively, and is not literal translation.)  

 

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