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Torrential rains in NW China leave 36 dead, 23 more missing

08-17-2010 15:29 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

LANZHOU, Aug. 17 (Xing) -- Torrential rains in Longnan City in northwest China's Gansu Province had left 36 people dead and 23 more missing by Monday afternoon, provincial authorities said Tuesday in a statement.

As of 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, secondary disasters triggered by the downpours, including mudslides and landslides, had injured 295 people, the Gansu Provincial Government added in the statement.

The rains prompted the evacuation of 122,835 people to emergency shelters, the statement said.

They caused direct economic losses totaling 3.116 billion yuan (about 458 million U.S. dollars) and destroyed 30,000 hectares of grain crops.

They also caused 6,090 houses to collapse and damaged another 15,223.

More than 1,000 workers repaired utilities in the city and power supply on trunk lines have resumed.

But mobile phone services in worst-hit Huangzhu Township are only partly restored, the statement said.

The province's civil affairs department dispatched supplies, including 3,000 candles, 4,000 flashlights and 10 tonnes of flour, to the affected areas.

Some seriously injured victims were being transferred to hospitals in Lanzhou, said the statement.

According to a separate Gansu local government statement released Tuesday morning, relief funds worth 3.8 million yuan have been earmarked for the victims of the torrential rains in Tianshui City.

More than 4,500 boxes of instant noodles and 1,000 boxes of purified water, together with 420 tents and 2,500 plastic boards, were delivered to the cities of Tianshui and Longnan.

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