Week of rain, floods and landslides plague nearly half of countrys regions
The Associated Press, July 22, 2007
BEIJING - Record rainfall this week triggered floods, landslides and mud flows that killed 152 people in China and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, state media reported Sunday.
Since the start of the annual rainy season in June, floods have hit nearly half of
Worst-hit this week was southern
Nearly 400,000 evacuated
More than 4,000 houses were destroyed and 386,000 people evacuated, Xinhua said. It cited the Ministry of Civil Affairs as saying that 59 people were killed in
The rainstorms intensity and poor drainage systems are to blame, He Zhiqiang, chief of the technology department of Chongqing Municipal Facilities Bureau, was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper Saturday.
Xinhua said earlier that 10½ inches of rain fell between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon in
According to Xinhua, officials at the Shandong Department of Water Resources said the rainstorm was the worst since 1916, when
In the far western Xinjiang region, torrential rainfall killed 11 people and injured more than 100, it said.
Summer is peak rainy season in
Flooding and typhoons killed 2,704 people last year, according to the China Meteorological Administration. That was the second-deadliest year on record after 1998, when summer flooding claimed 4,150 lives.
Also Sunday, Xinhua reported that the middle and lower reaches of the Huai River, Chinas third longest, are facing the danger of flooding after days of rain.
More than 1 million people have been evacuated in central
There have been no reports yet of death from rain or flood along the Huai.
Dikes that have soaked in high water level for 19 days would be at an increased risk of breach in the coming 10 days, Xinuha said, citing officials with the flood control headquarters in the central
More rain was forecast for Sunday, Xinhua said.
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