175 killed in China floods

June 20th, 2011 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 20 (IANS) Floods in southern China triggered by heavy rains have left 175 people dead and 86 missing during June, the civil affairs ministry said Monday.

Four rounds of torrential rains that battered the region since June 3 have caused floods and landslides in several southwestern and southern provinces in the Yangtze river basin, the ministry said in a statement.

The disasters affected over 36 million people and left about 1.6 million displaced in the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Chongqing Municipality.

The direct economic loss was estimated at 35 billion yuan (about $5 billion).

The finance and civil affairs ministries allocated 165 million yuan as subsidies for people in the flood-hit areas, the statement said.

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