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At least 15 die after torrential rain, flood wrecks havoc in south China

07-09-2010 17:47 BJT

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were dead, five more missing and tens of thousands evacuated after downpours triggered landslides and debris flows and severed roads and railway lines in south China, said local authorities Friday.

Six people were dead, two missing, 56,000 relocated and 760,000 affected in central China's Hunan Province, said the provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

The rain had inflicted direct economic losses of one billion yuan (147 million U.S. dollars) in Hunan alone, said the headquarters.

Hunan's neighboring province of Hubei saw seven people dead and three missing due to the rain-triggered accidents, as well as economic losses of 1.09 billion yuan.

A woman and her daughter were crushed to death in their sleep after their house collapsed in heavy rain in Qingtian County, Lishui City of east China's Zhejiang Province, said the municipal fire fighters.

About 15,000 people were evacuated from their homes Friday after torrential rains left two townships in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in flood waters up to 1.2 meters deep.

No casualties were reported in the flash floods that affected Fenshui Township and Sanzheng Township in Wanzhou District, near the massive Three Gorge Dam project.

"One of my relatives almost drowned after water gushed into the ground-floor apartment through the windows. The family was dragged out by people using a rope," said Zeng Jun, a resident at Fenshui.

A rain-triggered landslide disrupted the Sichuan-Guizhou Railway at Tongzi County in southwest China's Guizhou Province at around 8 a.m. Friday, said Wang Zhong, head of Tongzi County government.

The landslide carrying 2,000 cubic meters of debris occurred at Dahe Town. Over 300 workers with seven excavators were battling to repair the railway.

"The railway is expected to be fixed by 5 p.m. A total of ten trains would be affected by the accident," said Wang.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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