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Emergency response issued for central China floods

(Xinhua)

16:04, July 16, 2012

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government initiated a level four emergency response plan, the lowest level in the country's emergency disaster response system, on Monday morning in response to recent floods in central China's Hubei province.

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) has dispatched teams to help with relief work, said a statement posted on the MCA's website Monday.

Downpours and floods since July 9 have left eight people dead and about 2.44 million people affected in Hubei, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

The floods have toppled 4,500 houses and forced 140,000 people to evacuate or seek emergency aid.

Local disaster relief and civil affairs authorities have sent quilts, clothes and other relief materials to affected areas, the MCA statement said.

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