Five dead in China rain

September 1st, 2008 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 1 (Xinhua) At least five people were killed and three reported missing Monday after four consecutive days of torrential rain in central China’s Hubei province. The heaviest rain to hit the province this year has so far affected more than five million people in 43 counties, damaged 4,841 houses and caused loss of more than 1.978 billion yuan ($289 million), the Ministry of Civil Affairs said here.

The ministry activated emergency response system and sent a work group to the province to help in the relief work.

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