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Flooding deaths rise to 132 in southern China

06-21-2010 11:53 BJT Special Report: Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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Mudslides and floods triggered by rainstorms in southern China have killed 132 people and left 86 others missing.

More than 10 million people have been affected by severe floods, while more than a quarter of a million have been evacuated. The weather has caused economic losses worth 14.5 billion yuan, affected more than half a million hectares of crops and damaged almost 70,000 houses. Transportation has been severely disrupted in the region, with many rail services suspended. Nearly 50 rivers are at risk of flooding. The Ministry of Water Resources has sent teams of experts to help local authorities prevent further disasters.

Zhang Zhitong, deputy head of State Flood Control & Drought Relief HQ, said, "Since the latest round of rainfall, the water level of Dongting Lake, Poyang Lake, and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangzi River have all risen significantly. If the Yangzi floods, the scope of devastation will vast."

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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