38 killed in China rains, storm (Lead)May 6th, 2010 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 6 (IANS) At least 38 people were killed and 190 injured in torrential rains that lashed the southwetern and central parts of China in the last two days, authorities said Thursday.
A violent storm in southwestern Chongqing since Wednesday left 29 people dead and one missing, said the ministry of civil affairs.
More than 70,000 people were relocated in Chongqing due to the extreme weather, the ministry said.
Strong winds and torrential rains that lashed the city from Wednesday night to Thursday morning also left 190 people injured, according to the municipal meteorological bureau.
Heavy rains left four people dead and one missing in the central province of Hunan, while five people were killed after landslides in Guizhou province, Xinhua reported.
The rain-triggered landslides buried eight houses in three villages in Magu township, local authorities said.
In the eastern province of Jiangxi, torrential rains forced more than 3,500 people to evacuate their homes, said a spokesman for the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
In the hardest-hit county of Xunwu, flooding inundated 164 hectares of crops and disrupted traffic on seven roads.
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