Rainstorms, floods leave 48 dead in China
At least 6,500 people have been evacuated to safe places, while another 12,000 are still trapped.india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 12:27 IST
At least 48 people were killed and nearly five million hit by rainstorms and floods triggered by Typhoon Bilis across China after it landed on the eastern coast on Friday, the government said today.
The toll rose to 48 after three more deaths were confirmed in Leiyang of the worst-hit South China's Hunan province, after torrential rains pelted the city since yesterday morning.
By this morning, maximum rainfall in the city had reached 450 millimetre. The heavy rain is still going on, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Rescuers have evacuated 52,000 people but nearly 5,000 others are still stranded by floods.
At least 2.3 million people in Hunan province have been affected by the rainstorms and floods. About 31,400 houses were toppled down and 36,630 hectares of farmland spoiled.
Death toll in South China's Guangdong Province has risen to nine with 13 others missing, as Typhoon Bilis incurred downpour and landslide in the southeast part of the province.
At least 6,500 people have been evacuated to safe places, while another 12,000 are still trapped.
In the Lechang city, where the urban areas have been flooded and average depth of water has reached three metres, 1,663 prisoners from the Beijiang Prison have been transferred to safer places on a hill.