BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Officials and experts have been sent to rainstorm-battered Anhui province in east China to aid in local relief efforts, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Thursday.
According to the local governments in Anhui, heavy downpours caused by typhoon Haikui have left one dead and affected more than 1.76 million people in the province, including 163,000 people who had to be relocated.
Moreover, more than 1,500 houses collapsed and 80,000 hectares of cropland were affected by the downpours, resulting in direct economic losses of 880 million yuan (138.36 million U.S. dollars).
A total of 3 million yuan has been allocated for disaster relief work, and disaster relief materials, including tents and quilts, have been sent to disaster-hit areas, local governments said.
Haikui is the third typhoon to wallop China's eastern coast in a week, after Saola and Damrey hit the region over the weekend.