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Eleven killed in floods in east China: state media

Eleven people have been killed when a river in eastern China flooded after a severe tropical storm lashed part of the country.

world Updated: Aug 08, 2008 09:14 IST

Eleven people were killed when a river in eastern China flooded after a severe tropical storm lashed part of the country, state media reported.

Torrential rain pounded the Chuhe River in Anhui province for three days after tropical storm Fung-wong passed, causing mass flooding and evacuations, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday.

More than 300,000 hectares of land were inundated, and over 93,000 people had to be moved away, Xinhua said.

Although the heavy rain passed on Saturday the Chuhe's flood waters were still high and were expected to ease below the danger line by Friday, the agency said. It added that the rains had caused direct economic losses of around 2.44 billion yuan (356 million dollars).

Fung-wong killed two people in Taiwan last month, when it was still classed as a typhoon.

The provincial flood control headquarters refused to comment when contacted by AFP.