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New round of torrential rains pound Chinese regions

2010-05-17 15:39:05 GMT2010-05-17 23:39:05 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CHANGSHA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The third round of heavy rain to pound central China's Hunan Province this month began late Sunday, and more rains are expected this week, the province's flood-control and drought relief headquarters said.

Downpours hit townships in north and northwest Hunan.

During the second round of rains that began on May 12, one person was killed in a landslide triggered by the rains and about 3.7 million people were affected.

According to the headquarters, 12,700 residential buildings were destroyed and about 141,000 people were evacuated. The direct economic losses were estimated at 1.66 billion yuan (240 million U.S.dollars).

Rainstorms also ravaged the eastern province of Anhui on Sunday and Monday, affecting 145,000 people and 8,340 hectares of crops and causing direct economic losses of 8.45 million yuan, Anhui's disaster relief office said Monday.

In east China's Shandong Province, a new round of heavy rains was also forecast to fall Monday and Tuesday.

In Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, heavy rains left three people dead and one missing, Guangxi's flood-control and drought relief headquarters said Saturday.

Rainstorms had incurred property losses to about 19,000 people in Guilin after more than 30 houses collapsed, 1,100 hectares of farmland were inundated and many public facilities were damaged.

The economic damage was estimated at 13.2 million yuan (1.9 million U.S. dollars).

In southern province of Guangdong, three rainstorms pelted Guangzhou, the provincial capital, bringing the highest weekly rainfall, of up to 440 mm, in 25 years.

The precipitation equalled a quarter of the city's annual rainfall, according to meteorological statistics.

Guangdong has reported one person missing and more than 35,000 people affected by the heavy rains.

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