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58 people dead, 4 missing in disasterous rainy season in NW China province


10:21, September 25, 2011

XI'AN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Floods and landslides in northwest China's Shaanxi Province have left 58 people dead and four others missing in this autumn rainy season, provincial disaster relief authorities said Saturday.

Over 285,800 people in the province had to be relocated because of the disasters and lives of 3 million people were affected, the authorities said.

The heavy casualties include 32 people who were killed in a rain-triggered landslide that buried small factories in the suburban area of the provincial capital of Xi'an on September 17.

The rain-triggered disasters destroyed 173,120 hectares of farmland, cut off 2,130 roads, and damaged dikes, floodgates, and water level monitoring stations. Direct economic losses have reached 4.5 billion yuan (720,000 U.S. dollars), it added.

By Saturday, heavy rain in west China had largely ceased, indicating the end of the rainy season.


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