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Heavy rain wreaks havoc across China

07-27-2012 15:43 BJT

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Wild weather is sweeping across China, causing havoc in many regions. For a week now, heavy downpours have hit 22 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. More than 9 million people have been affected.

Heavy rains battered a large part of north China’s Tianjin municipality on Wednesday. Rainwater turned streets into rivers. Many vehicles broke down. Traffic was restricted to around thirty roads in the urban area, and drainage workers stepped up their efforts.

In neighboring Hebei, 32 people are confirmed dead and another 20 are missing after rainstorms hit the province. Authorities have allocated 70 million yuan to Hebei for disaster relief.

Vicente, this year’s eighth typhoon, brought gales and rainstorms to southern China. In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, it affected more than 400-thousand people. Though Typhoon Vicente has moved away, local meteorological authorities in Guangxi say heavy downpours are continuing into Friday.

Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, upstream on the Yangtze River, has seen its largest flood crest in three decades. Deep water brought by the peak swamped several riverside areas. In Jiangjin District, more than 40-thousand residents were evacuated and relocated.

As the flood has receded, most have returned home to clear up the mud in their houses. Water and power supplies have been partially restored.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CCTV.com

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