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Death toll from floods hits 199 in southern and eastern China

06-23-2010 11:48 BJT Special Report: Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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The death toll from heavy rains and floods in southern and eastern China has climbed to 199, with 123 others still missing. The floods are the worst in 50 years for some regions.

The eight affected provinces are Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Guizhou. Chongqing Municipality and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have also been hit hard. More than 29 million people have been affected by the severe weather, with more than 2 million evacuated.

Millions hectares of farmland have been flooded and more than 10 percent of crops have been completely destroyed. The ministries of finance and civil affairs have allocated more than 250 million yuan to support the relocation of people displaced by the storms. PLA soldiers have also joined relief missions.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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