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51 dead or missing after latest rainstorms

world Updated: Jul 31, 2007 12:55 IST
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Twenty-seven people were killed and 24 went missing after new rainstorms hit many parts of China, including Beijing, where nearly 10,000 passengers were stranded at the airport, the state media reported on Tuesday

In the worst-hit northwestern Shaanxi province, 16 people died and 14 are missing after rains lashed the central and southern areas of the province from Saturday to Monday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

Floods, landslides and mudflows triggered by the heavy rains hit 12 counties, levelling 8,500 homes and requiring the evacuation of 35,000 people.

In the northern Inner Mongolia region, lightning and heavy rain hit Araxan Left Banner on Saturday, leaving three dead and three missing.

Rainstorms also lashed Yunxi county in central Hubei province since Sunday, triggering flash floods that killed one construction worker and swept away three others on a highway site, local officials said.

The latest rainstorms, hail and landslides caused four deaths in southern Guizhou province, two in northern Shanxi province and one in eastern Anhui province, while leaving one person missing in Henan and three more in Guizhou.

Meanwhile, nearly 10,000 passengers have got stranded at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the heaviest rainstorm to hit Beijing this summer cancelled nearly every flight leaving the city last night.

The terminal building had become a mess by 10:00 pm with children and elderly people sleeping on the floor and furious passengers protesting with airline companies, which claimed they were unable to provide food and lodging, Xinhua news agency reported.