11 killed in south China rains

July 15th, 2012 - 5:33 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 15 (IANS) Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rains in southern China’s Guizhou province have killed at least 11 people and damaged homes of 980,000 residents, officials said.

Authorities are carrying out rescue work and handing out disaster relief goods, including quilts, rice and oil to the homeless, Xinhua reported.

Hundreds of residents are being evacuated from areas prone to geological disasters.

Rains have also wreaked havoc in the eastern province of Anhui and the central province of Hunan.

The Anhui provincial fire department said firefighters and police had to use rafts to rescue over 600 stranded residents.

A 20-month-old child died and her parents were injured Saturday in a rain-triggered landslide in Shaling village in Yuexi vounty.

The Hunan flood control department said over 317,000 people in the province have been relocated from their homes.

According to meteorological officials, heavy rains will continue to hit the provinces of Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou as well as Shanghai in the coming days.

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