Heavy rains in southern China leave 49 dead, 14 missing

Heavy rains in southern China leave 49 dead, 14 missing

June 12, 2019– Mary Greeley News – China’s disaster reduction committee said Wednesday that more than 7,000 houses have collapsed, and 300,000 people have been evacuated.

BEIJING: Authorities say 49 people have died and 14 others are missing since heavy rainfall hit southern China in early June.

China’s disaster reduction committee said Wednesday that more than 7,000 houses have collapsed, and 300,000 people have been evacuated.

A statement on its social media account said direct economic losses totaled 10 billion yuan (USD 1.4 billion).

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The committee said that floods, landslides and mudslides from the rains have affected more than 4.5 million people in eight provinces.

More than two million people have been affected and roads and bridges have been badly damaged, state media report.

In Guizhou province, an entire town was submerged under 2m (6ft 6in) of water.

A senior water resources official said Tuesday that 6.75 million people in 22 provinces have been affected and 83 people died or went missing since the start of flood season this year.

Elsewhere, China’s metrological association said rainfall in the southern provinces of Jiangxi and Hunan had hit record highs for June.

More than 20,000 homes in the south-west region of Guangxi are without power, the state-run China Daily newspaper reports.

Rainstorms are expected to spread to a number of areas including Guangdong, Sichuan and Taiwan by Thursday, the metrological administration said.

It also warned local authorities to be on alert for dangerous mudslides caused by the flooding.

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