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At least 118 dead in south China floods: ministry

07-14-2010 21:04 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Rainstorms and floods sweeping through south China have left at least 118 people dead and 47 missing since July 1, said a statement on the Civil Affairs Ministry website Wednesday.

By 4 p.m. Wednesday, more than 32.3 million people in 10 southern provinces and Chongqing Municipality had been affected by continuous rainstorms and floods, the ministry said.

About 101,000 houses were destroyed and close to 1.1 million people had been relocated, it said.

Direct economic losses were estimated at 22.2 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars).

In Anhui Province alone, at least four people had been confirmed dead since July 8, whereas direct economic losses amounted to 2.3 billion yuan.

The ministry had allocated 3,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, and 20,000 quilts to Anhui.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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