Rainstorms, floods affect 3.8 mn in China

August 17th, 2011 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 17 (IANS) Over 3.8 million people have been affected by a recent wave of rain storms and floods that hit various parts of China and left at least 10 people dead, Xinhua reported quoting statistics released Wednesday.

Since Saturday, rain storms, floods and landslides have hit 138 counties of 61 cities in 16 provincial regions, including Beijing, northern Shanxi province and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northeastern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, eastern Jiangsu province, central Henan province, southwestern Yunnan province and northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to a statement from the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

The disasters have caused direct economic losses of 2.07 billion yuan ($323 million), with northern Hebei province and northwestern Gansu and Qinghai provinces most severely affected, said the commission.

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