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10 killed, 4 missing in heavy rains in China


Beijing: At least 10 people have been killed and over 9 lakh hit after heavy rainfall in south China since Sunday, triggering landslides and extensive damage in eight provinces of the rain-battered region, officials said today.

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said the downpour has triggered floods, landslides and hail storm in Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces.

Affecting nearly 370,000 people in 30 counties, the torrential rainfall has inflicted direct economic loss of nearly 300 million yuan (USD 48.3 million) by toppling more than 300 rooms and damaging 17,000 hectares of farmland.

Among the 10 victims, five drowned, two were struck by falling rocks and two were buried by landslides. The last was killed in a building collapse, the ministry said in a release.

In Guizhou Province, where torrential rain has left four persons dead and four missing, more than 10,000 people have been relocated and nearly 6,700 are in need of basic supplies, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The downpour has affected 553,900 residents in seven cities and prefectures in Hunan Province, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Hunan reported one death and relocated nearly 10,000 people with parts of its urban area flooded.

The harsh weather is expected to linger in the province until June 12.

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