Floods kill 365 in China this year

21:27, June 24, 2010      

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Until 8:00 a.m. Thursday, floods had killed 365 people in China this year and 147 remained missing, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH).

Further, the death toll caused by floods was more than double the annual average since 2000, said the SFDH.

The economic losses attributed to the flooding reached 70.9 billion yuan (10.4 billion U.S. dollars), more than triple the annual average losses from floods since 2000.

Till 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, 100,000 people in flood-battered east China's Jiangxi Province had been evacuated and no report of casualties had been received, according to flood control officials Thursday.

In other developments, the Fuhe River in Fuzhou City breached its bank again early Wednesday, two days after a dike on another section of the river burst, forcing the evacuation of residents, according to the SFDH.

The office had gradually shifted the focus of its work to assuring adequate housing for those who had been evacuated, officials said.

Source: Xinhua


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