Heavy rain ravages many parts of China, damaging homes, farmland

14:12, July 27, 2011      

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Thunderstorms have been battering southwest Chongqing Municipality -- damaging homes and farmland, cutting power supplies, and affecting approximately 275,000 people since July 21.

More than 1,500 houses have been damaged by the continuous storms and another 400 have collapsed, according to the flood control and drought relief headquarters of Chongqing.

About 6,866.66 hectares of farmland have been affected by the thunderstorms.

There will be another round of thundershowers with heavy winds and hail in Chongqing on Tuesday, according to the forecast released by the municipal meteorological observatory.

In north Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a bridge was destroyed by rain-triggered floods on the Jining-Tongliao Railway.

About 3,800 passengers were stranded on five stalled trains from 7:30 p.m. on Monday, according to the railway bureau of Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia.

As of the midday on Tuesday, most of the stranded passengers have been transferred by car to their destinations or other train stations nearby.

The round of strong rainfalls also battered north China's Hebei Province, neighboring Beijing, leaving 330,000 people in disaster and one person missing as of Tuesday.

About 14,000 hectares of farmland have been affected by the rain, and of that, 320 hectares have lost harvest. More than 700 houses and some urban and rural infrastructure were damaged.

In central China's Hubei Province, thunderstorms and strong winds hit the northwestern areas at around 3:30 p.m. Monday and caused power failure and three trains delayed.

Source: Xinhua
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