By: Kane on 6/8/2011 6:55:37 PM Category: In the News
Tags: ,drought, flood, Guizhou, southern, Eastern, China,
HEAVY rain drenched a drought-ravaged swathe of southern and eastern China, killing at least 52 people and forcing more than 100,000 to evacuate.
The deaths have been concentrated in the southwestern province of Guizhou, where tens of thousands have left their homes to escape the rising waters over the past few days, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Another 32 people are missing, the report added, suggesting the death toll could rise.
Almost 8,000 houses have been destroyed by the floods and thousands of hectares of farmland inundated, it said.
The other deaths have been reported in the eastern seaboard province of Jiangsu, Xinhua said, though some parts of the province remained parched.
Guizhou will be hit by more rain over the coming few days, and the government has already sent a relief team to the hardest-hit areas.
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