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3 dead, 1.9 million affected in C China rainstorm

Xinhua)  08:08, July 08, 2013  

Cars move on a flooded road in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, July 7, 2013. Wuhan was hit by the heaviest rainstorm in five years from Saturday to Sunday. The local meteorologic center has issued red alerts for rainstorm for many times in sequence. (Xinhua)

WUHAN, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains that started on Friday have left three people dead and affected lives of about 1.87 million residents in central China's Hubei Province, local authorities said Sunday.

The provincial civil affairs department said the downpours have also forced the relocation of about 114,000 people in 29 counties.

More than 7,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged and 151,900 hectares of crops have been affected. Economic losses are estimated at about 684 million yuan (about 111.6 million U.S. dollars), according to the department.

The highest precipitation in the province reached 168 mm in 24 hours in Tuanfeng County, the department said.

The provincial government has distributed 3,000 quilts and blankets, 1,800 T-shirt and 50 folding beds to the worst-hit areas.

In addition, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent an expert team to supervise the rescue and relief work.

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(Editor:WangLili、Gao Yinan)


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