Floods leave 701 dead in China this year

13:03, July 21, 2010      

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Severe torrential rains and floods have claimed the lives of 701 people and left 347 missing in China since the beginning of the year, according to government figures to July 20.

Floods had hit 27 provinces and municipalities, affecting 110 million people and 8.06 million people had been relocated, the figures from the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and the Ministry of Civil Affairs show.

Direct economic losses had reached 142.2 billion yuan (20.88 billion U.S. dollars).

Liu Ning, Vice Minister of Water Resources and secretary general of the government's flood prevention department, said at a press conference Wednesday that flood waters had breached six small reservoirs this year, but timely evacuations prevented any casualties.

About 287,000 military personnel had been mobilized in flood operations, he said.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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