Death toll in China floods rises to 40

August 13th, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Kunming (China), Aug 13 (Xinhua) The death toll from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in China’s southwestern Yunnan province rose to 40 Wednesday, the provincial government said. According to the provincial civil affairs department, six people were missing and at least 42 injured in the disaster as of Wednesday.

The province witnessed insistent rain after it was struck by the remnants of tropical storm Kammuri Thursday. At least 11 prefectures and cities in the province bear the brunt of the disaster that affected more than 1.25 million people.

Thousands of houses were destroyed and direct economic losses reached 746 million yuan ($108 million), according to the department.

About 16,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas and rescue and relief works have been intensified in the affected areas.

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