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3 dead in SW China floods

(Xinhua)

16:52, July 18, 2012

GUIYANG, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed after rain-triggered floods and hail hit the city of Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province, local authorities said Wednesday.

The city was battered by heavy rain and hail from July 10 to 18, affecting 138 counties and townships and 389,900 people, according to the municipal civil affairs bureau.

Rain and hail have damaged over 17,782 hectares of crops and 649 houses. Direct economic losses are estimated to be more than 100 million yuan (about 15.69 million U.S. dollars).

The local government has relocated over 1,100 people to avoid the risk of geological disasters and sent relief funds and supplies to flood-affected areas.

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