Torrential rain kills 53 in China

May 28th, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 28 (Xinhua) At least 53 people have been killed in accidents in the wake of torrential rain over the past week in China, officials said. Around 4,000 people were stranded Wednesday by floods and 28 are missing. The south-western Guizhou province was the worst hit, where 36 people were killed in flash floods and 14 missing.

In Hunan province, seven people were killed, in Guangxi four and in Hubei and Jiangxi three each, according to reports.

Tents, quilts and clothes have been sent to Wangmo county in Guizhou, which was severely hit by rain and floods. The extreme weather also cut off highways and damaged telecom facilities in Wangmo.

About 46,000 people in the county were affected. In Guangxi region, four people have died and one missing.

The 11 towns in the region received more than 100 mm rain between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The regional meteorological bureau has issued warnings against possible landslides and flash floods.

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