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15 Killed, 19 Missing in Heavy Floods in China

At least 15 people have been killedand 19 others are still missing after heavy rains-triggered floods and  landslides swept through four provinces of central China.

Published: 30th June 2015 09:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2015 09:03 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

BEIJING: At least 15 people have been killedand 19 others are still missing after heavy rains-triggered floods and  landslides swept through four provinces of central China.

Five people have died in landslides in Shangcheng County, Henan Province, where heavy rains since Friday has forced the evacuation of nearly 800 people, the collapse of 100 dwellings and damage to over 200 buildings, according to the county's information department.

Over 6,700 hectares of crops have been damaged and power and communications have also been affected.

It is estimated that the weather has caused direct economic losses of 305 million yuan (about USD 49.9 million).

In Shaanxi Province, floods have killed four people and left nine others missing in Foping County, where economic losses are estimated at about 170 million yuan.

In Sichuan Province, two people were killed by landslides in Nanjiang County, which reported its worst floods since

1949. The disaster forced the relocation of 2,63,000 people across 48 townships. Another woman was killed by a landslide in Sichuan's Pengxi County.

Two people also died yesterday while five were reported missing in Jinzhai County, Anhui Province, after heavy rains caused floods and landslides.

Earlier in June, 18 people had died due to heavy rains in Southern China.



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