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UPDATED: 11:41, July 24, 2004
China grants emergency aid to flood-stricken areas
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The Chinese central government Friday allocated 33 million yuan (4 million US dollars) in emergency funds and 3,600 tents to flood-stricken areas in southern and central parts of the country.

Officials with the Ministry of Civil Affairs said the money wasfor the provinces of Hunan and Hubei in central China and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China. Of the 3,600 tents, 3,200 went to central China's Henan Province and 400 to Hubei Province.

Serious flooding was reported in those areas as well as other regions of the country, said the officials.

According to the latest figures released Friday by the ministry,95 people were killed by floods and 63 remain missing in flooded areas. Forty million people were affected by floods. A total of 933,000 people in those areas were evacuated from their homes. About 137,000 houses collapsed and 435,000 houses were damaged, causing 12.33 billion yuan (1.5 billion US dollars) in direct economic losses.

Hunan, Henan, Hubei and Guangxi as well as Yunnan Province, southwest China, are the hardest hit by floods, according to the ministry.

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