Planetark.org, July 27, 2007
More than 500 people have been killed since the summer floods started, but the disaster has failed to gain world attention surrounding floods in
Four people died in the normally arid northwestern
Two farmers in Xinjiang's Huocheng county were swept away by flood water triggered by heavy rain that started on Tuesday, Xinhua said.
"At least 48 herdsmen and 13,000 goats have been stranded for nearly two days in a mountainous area in northwestern Xinjiang after a landslide cut off their path," it said.
On Wednesday, a tornado swept across a 10 km (six miles) path through 33 villages in Yinshang county in the dirt-poor eastern province of Anhui.
The villages were the among worst hit in weeks of serious flooding along the swollen
"It is like adding frost to the snow," it said.
State television showed pictures of uprooted trees, downed electricity poles and houses without roofs by the tornado.
Nearly 100,000 trees were uprooted or severed and large areas of crops were destroyed, causing economic losses of 22 million yuan ($2.9 million), the China Youth Daily said.
There have been no reports of casualties from the tornado, which hit in the early morning, but water levels along the Huai remained at alarming levels.
In the southwestern
Water levels of two rivers in the scenic Xiangxi area in the central
About 26,000 people in central
More rain is forecast for large swathes of southwest and northwest
Weeks of high temperatures were set to continue in the south and southeast. Temperatures in the eastern provinces of
And more than 300,000 people in the central
The temperature in the financial hub,