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54 killed in rain and thunderstorms in China

world Updated: Jul 27, 2011 16:21 IST

At least 54 people have been killed due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in several regions across China in the past week, the government said on Wednesday.

Thunderstorms with heavy wind and hail hit 267 counties in 18 provincial regions between July 22 and 27, according to a statement issued by the National Disaster Reduction Committee.

Incessant rain has resulted in the death of 54 people and another three are missing as several regions across China experienced thunderstorms in the past week.

These disasters affected nearly 6.4 million people and resulted in direct economic losses of 4.07 billion yuan (632 million US dollars), state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, as well as the provinces of Shandong, Sichuan and Hubei, were hit hardest by the recent round of severe weather, the statement said.