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Downpours lead to floods in SW China

2011-06-06 13:14:39 GMT2011-06-06 21:14:39(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Floodwater rushes through the Wangmo county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, June 6, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Local residents walk on a street in Wangmo county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, after the floods on June 6, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Floodwater rushes through the Wangmo county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, June 6, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Updated at 6:30 pm, Monday

GUIYANG/BEIJING - Continuous downpours have triggered floods and left one person dead and 15 others missing in southwest China's Guizhou Province, the province's civil affairs bureau said on Monday.

The heavy rains, which have struck parts of Guizhou since June 3, have impacted 200,000 people in the province and forced the evacuation of more than 60,000 residents, according to the bureau.

The rains have also damaged 9,383 hectares of farmland and resulted in direct economic losses of 170 million yuan ($26.23 million).

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs jointly initiated an emergency response plan Monday afternoon to cope with the floods. One hundred tents, 2,000 quilts and 3,000 sets of clothes have been sent to the region to help residents stay warm and dry during the floods.

The central government also sent a special work team to Guizhou on Monday to direct local flood relief work.

Previous reporting:

GUIYANG - Continuous downpours have triggered floods and left 13 people missing in Wangmo county in Southwest China's Guizhou province, the province's flood control and drought relief headquarters said on Monday.

Heavy rains hit Guizhou from 8 am Sunday to 8 am Monday, with several of the province's counties experiencing downpours, the headquarters said.

Water levels on the Wangmo River in Wangmo county were recorded at more than 3 meters higher than the recommended safe level during the rains, resulting in massive floods and an evacuation of some 6,000 residents. The water levels dropped back down to a safe range on Monday morning.

The provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters has initiated an emergency response to rescue the missing people and aid flood-hit regions.

Parts of Guizhou province were hit by heavy rains from June 3 to 5. The resulting floods knocked over houses, cut power and halted traffic, affecting approximately 71,200 of the province's residents.

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