GUIYANG/CHONGQING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Millions of people have been affected as days of heavy rain in southwest and central China have caused floods and landslides while also halting train services.
|Farmlands are flooded in downstream area of the Liangchahe Reservior in Huangping County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, July 18, 2014. Affected by lingering rainfalls, cracks appeared on the dam on early Friday, which endangered residents in four downstream counties. Nearly 150,000 people have been evacuated in case of mudslide. (Xinhua/Zhang Jincai)
Rainstorms have brought havoc to southwest China's Guizhou Province since Sunday, triggering floods and landslides and resulting in deaths and huge economic losses.
The downpours have killed 17 people and left four missing as of Friday in Guizhou, the provincial civil affairs department said in a statement.
More than 3.19 million people from 72 counties in Guizhou have been affected by rain-triggered floods and landslides, with 167,300 of them evacuated for safety concerns. The storms damaged 133,500 hectares of crops and destroyed 4,249 homes, resulting in direct economic losses of 3 billion yuan (483.2 million U.S. dollars).
In the latest case, six people were killed and two injured in a landslide in Bijie City in the province, local authorities said on Friday.
The landslide happened at around 4 a.m. on Thursday in Dakuo Village of Zhijin County, burying eight people, said a spokesman with the county.
About 150,000 residents in Huangping County in Guizhou were relocated as cracks and landslides at a reservoir were reported early Friday morning.
The Guizhou Provincial Civil Affairs Department has allocated a relief fund of 29.1 million yuan and sent food and drinking water to the stricken areas.
Strong downpours are likely to continue in the province after Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in south China's island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon, according to the local flood prevention department.
Elsewhere, rainstorms have halted train services in Huaihua City in central China's Hunan Province, stranding some 1,000 passengers for up to 20 hours. Local police have dispatched emergency buses to transport them to their destinations.
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