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Continual Flood Hits China
By: Kane on 6/15/2011 5:47:44 PM Category: In the News
Tags: ,Flood, East China,evacuation,
More than 72,000 people were evacuated in east China's Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, which have been hit by a new round of rainstorms since Tuesday.
 
Torrential rain from Tuesday morning has pounded 25 counties and cities in the province, flooding roads and farmland. By Wednesday afternoon, the rain had forced the evacuation of 70,100 people in Jiangxi and toppled 1,320 houses.
 
The meteorological station predicted that the rain will continue, exceeding 50 mm of accumulated rainfall in the provincial capital of Nanchang, Shangrao city and Jingdezhen city.
 
It recommended that residents near the center of the storm cut outdoor power supplies and refrain from outdoor activities. It also warned local governments to take preventive measures in case the rain triggers landslides, floods and mud-rock flows.
 
In Zhejiang, heavy rains since Tuesday have forced the evacuation of 2,059 people in 17 counties, where 79 houses were toppled and 2,370 hectares of farmland damaged, said Liu Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
 
The downpours resulted in a landslide in the northern Qiandaohu town, where a row of warehouses were buried at about 1:34 p.m. One person was trapped four hours before being rescued.
 
In the southwestern Chongqing Municipality, where biggest daily rainfall reached 104.2 mm, more than 110,000 people have been affected by the downpour since Monday.
 
The rains toppled 120 houses, inflicting a direct economic loss of 55.5 million yuan (about 8.5 million U.S. dollars). No casualties have been reported as of yet.
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