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Flood control authority: 18.3 million people along Yangtze River affected by heavy rain, 43 dead and 18 missing

07-13-2010 09:06 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain since July 8 has affected 18.3 million people in regions along the Yangtze River, leaving 43 dead and 18 missing, China's flood control authorities said Monday.

The death toll released by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH) excluded deaths caused by lighting strikes.

A total of 39,000 homes had collapsed, 755,000 people had been evacuated and 974,000 hectares of crops were affected by floods, resulting in direct economic losses of 10.6 billion yuan (1.57 billion U.S. dollars), according to the SFDH.

By 2 p.m. Monday, the major lakes and main streams along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River had been slowly rising, according to the SFDH.

The water level in Jiangxi Province's Poyang Lake remained a centimeter above the warning level, and that of Hunan Province's Dongting Lake was 1.01 meter below the warning level, the SFDH said.

Chen Lei, vice director of the SFDH, on Monday urged local authorities to step up inspections and examinations of dams, reservoirs, hydropower stations and other water facilities to prevent more damage.

Latest Situation:

·In Anhui Province

---Continuous heavy. Heavy rain kills 2 and affecting 2 million people. More than 1 million hectares of crops have been destroyed.

 

Around the province, seven cities and 29 counties are affected. Eight rivers have overflowed and the levels of more than 700 reservoirs are above the danger mark. Relocation and rescue is underway. Full Story>>

 

 

·In Hubei Province

---No signs of easing. By July. 11, the extreme weather has affected the lives of more than 7 million people, leaving 21 dead and another 4 missing.

From Sunday, 26 cities in Hubei Province have been suffering from heavy rain. Four hundred reservoirs have water levels above the danger line. 580,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed, and nearly 30,000 houses have collapsed. Authorities have evacuated more than 200,000 people. Full Story>>

 

· Forecast the next few days in S. China

Heavy downpours have lasted for several days. For more information on the extreme weather China's experiencing, we're joined by Darryl Snow, from the China Meteorological Bureau. Full Story>>

·Reporter: Relief efforts continue in Anhui

People's lives have been badly affected by the downpours. To find out more about the heavy rain and flooding in Anhui province, we are joined on the phone by Anhui TV reporter Zhang He, who's in Hefei. Full Story>>


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