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Death toll in central China rainstorm rises to four, six others missing

2009-05-29 10:03:17 GMT2009-05-29 18:03:17 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

WUHAN, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Four people were confirmed dead, and six others are missing after rainstorm-triggered mountain torrents and landslides hit parts of central China's Hubei Province over the past three days, local authorities said Friday.

From Tuesday to Thursday, downpours hit 20 cities and counties in the province, affecting 850,000 people. The floods swamped 133,230 hectares of farmland and damaged 825 houses, said the provincial civil affairs department.

The provincial flood control headquarters also warned that 30 reservoirs in the areas were holding water over their maximum limits.

Local authorities have evacuated thousands of residents to safe places.

The local government estimated direct losses from the rainstorms at 341 million yuan (50 million U.S. dollars).

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