South China floods death toll rises to 379

16:59, June 26, 2010      

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Persistent heavy rains that has devastated parts of south China had by Saturday left 379 dead, and 141 missing, and resulted in direct economic losses of 82.4 billion yuan (12.1 billion U.S. dollars), the flood control authority said on Saturday.

Heavy rains and ensuing floods have affected 68.7 million people in 22 provincial-level regions and 4.36 million hectares of farmland, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Water levels of major lakes in south China have been rising steadily with some becoming dangerously high.

Poyang Lake rose to 19.51 meters on Saturday morning, 0.01 meters above the safe level. And Dongting Lake swelled to 31.41 meters, but was still 1.09 meters below the risk level.

The Ministry of Water Resources has urged local authorities to keep a vigilant watch on key dykes to prevent bursting.

Source: Xinhua


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