Flooding kills 62 in China, 9,300 homes wrecked

China | 12 Jul 2019 11:20 am

As many as 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and floods swept through large parts of southern and central China this week, Chinese rescue authorities said, Reuters reports.

In a notice published late yesterday, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said 9,300 homes have collapsed and 371,100 hectares of farmland damaged during the floods, with direct economic losses now estimated at 13.35 billion yuan.

It said more than 4,300 people had been rescued from floodwaters, which have affected regions stretching from Guangdong province in the southeast to southwest China’s Chongqing on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river.

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