Monday, June 13, 2011

China rains cause flooding and at least 100 deaths

Heavy rains unleashed flooding and landslides in central and southern China, killing over 100 people and leaving large muddy areas which prevailed until a week ago a severe drought, local media reported Sunday. Forecasters warned that heavy rain lashing some areas will likely continue until Monday. In Yueyang, in the southern province of Hunan, weather stations recorded more than 200 millimeters of rain in six hours, the type of precipitation that occurs once every 300 years, reported China News Service, citing local sources.

In the village of Maojiazu in Yueyang, the rain caused a landslide that flattened 24 houses and killed at least 20 residents, while seven disappeared under the rocks and mud, reported Xinhua news agency. "The scope concentrated intensity and short duration of these recent rains have caused serious casualties and property damage in some areas," said Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, which also oversees the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief , according to a report on its website (http://fxkh.

MWR. gov. cn). The weather office warned that heavy rains along the middle and lower Yangtze River basin could cause flooding in an area affected by drought less than two weeks. On Saturday night, flooding in parts of 13 provinces had killed 94 people and left 78 missing and damaged 465 000 hectares of crops and down 27 000 100 homes and other buildings, the department said flooding and drought.

On Sunday, the province of Hunan raised the number of people killed by floods and landslides to 36, up from an estimated 19 victims revealed on Saturday, which means that the death toll across the nation could have achieved at least 111. About 23 of the deaths occurred in Xianning, in the central province of Hubei, where rain triggered mudslides that also left more than 100 wounded and 10 missing residents.

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