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China rainstorms kill at least 34

English.news.cn   2014-07-17 21:33:05

BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Civil Affairs on Thursday said heavy rains have left 34 people dead and another 21 missing in south China.

Severe rainfall and ensuing floods have hit the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan, Anhui and the municipality of Chongqing since July 10, affecting more than 8.82 million people, said the ministry.

Guizhou has seen 10 deaths and 10 missing so far, while nine people are dead with 11 missing in Hunan, according to the ministry, adding the disaster has forced evacuation of 403,000 people in the south.

More than 63,000 houses have been destroyed and 44,900 hectares of crops are unharvestable in these areas, with direct economic losses reaching 5.21 billion yuan (839.8 million U.S. dollars), it added.

Editor: Mengjie
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