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Rain, floods take more tolls in China

2011-06-10 03:43:31 GMT2011-06-10 11:43:31(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

?Dark cloud come down on the city in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, June 9, 2011. Heavy rainfall hit Wuhan Thursday night, causing waterlogging and power interruption in some areas of the city. (Xinhua)

WUHAN/NANCHANG, June 10 (Xinhua) -- A new round of rain and floods battered China Thursday night and Friday, killing 18 in the central Hubei Province and five others in the neighboring Hunan Province.

Most of the deaths were incurred when floods toppled homes and destroyed embankments at local reservoirs and rivers, the flood control and relief office in Hubei's Xianning City said in a press release.

Torrential rain hit Xianning City from 8 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m., inundating three counties including Chibi, Tongcheng and Chongyang.

In Tongcheng county, precipitation topped 300 mm within four hours, a record volume in 200 years, it said.

The entire county was drowned by daybreak Friday and more than 60,000 residents were stranded. By 8 a.m., 50,000 of them were evacuated.

In the low-lying areas, flood water was more than 2 meters deep. Traffic was paralyzed in the county seat, where flood water measured 60 cm to 90 cm deep on average.

Flood has cut off power supplies and telecommunication in Tongcheng County, and inundated embankment at a reservoir, forcing more than 300 people in the downstream to evacuate.

In Chibi, 110,000 people were evacuated to safety after floods toppled homes and destroyed embankments.


Vehicles runs in a waterlogged road in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, June 9, 2011. Heavy rainfall hit Wuhan Thursday night, causing waterlogging and power interruption in some areas of the city. (Xinhua/Song Jianchun)

In Yueyang county of the central Hunan Province, five people were confirmed dead and six others were reported missing by 10 a.m. Friday, the local government said.

Rain and flood destroyed 8 km of road and cut off power supplies and telecommunication, affecting 180,000 people in the county, it said.

Rain-triggered floods also wreaked havoc in the eastern Jiangxi Province Friday. In Xiushui County, about 1,200 people were trapped and 26,000 were evacuated after their homes were inundated in downpours from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The maximum precipitation totaled 228 mm in the five hours, cutting off traffic in 18 townships and disrupting power supplies in five.

"Hundreds of police officers are working to evacuate the villagers in low-lying areas, and more than 3,000 county government officials have joined the rescue," said Zhang Xiaolin, an official in charge of the county's flood control and drought relief office.


?Firefighters flush the street in Wangmo County in southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. People began to clean up the mud and debris to avoid epidemic diseases in their hometown as the rain-triggered flood caused huge damage to the buildings and infrastructures here. (Xinhua/Shi Xinrong)


? Staff members sterilize the flooded area of Wangmo County in southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. People began to clean up the mud and debris to avoid epidemic diseases in their hometown as the rain-triggered flood caused huge damage to the buildings and infrastructures here. (Xinhua/Shi Xinrong)


?People work to restore the transportation in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


? A rescuer walks past a destroyed house in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


?People clean up the debris in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


A man stands on the ruins near the river in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


?People dry their belongings on the river bank in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


People walk on a newly built wooden bridge near a destroyed bridge in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


Photo taken on June 9, 2011 shows a destroyed house in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


People clean up the debris in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 9, 2011. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing.

Photo taken on June 9, 2011 shows the flooded Dajian Township of Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)


Photo taken on June 9, 2011 shows a primary school destroyed in the flood in Wangmo County of southwest China's Guizhou Province. China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday allocated 35 million yuan (5.39 million U.S. dollars) to help victims of rain-triggered floods in Guizhou Province. Persistent downpours have wreaked havoc in Guizhou since June 3, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. In the province's Wangmo County, floods have killed 21 people and left more than 30 missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)

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