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Floods affect 1.2 mn people in south China

world Updated: Aug 13, 2007 12:24 IST
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Downpours brought by tropical storm Pabuk in south China's Guangdong Province has caused massive flooding across the province, affecting over 1.2 million people and destroying more than 3,000 houses.

A total of 1.165 million people in the cities of Zhanjiang, Maoming and Meizhou were affected, 3,665 houses destroyed, and economic losses were estimated to be 1.342 billion yuan, the local government said on Sunday.

A total of 5,920 people who had been stranded by floods in Zhanjiang were rescued on Sunday.

Water levels in five medium-sized reservoirs in Zhanjiang were above the warning levels, while another reservoir overflowed twice, Xinhua news agency reported.

Twenty-seven hydrologic stations in Guangdong Province recorded a daily perception of more than 100 mm, and 104 stations with daily perception between 50-100 mm. A hydrologic station in Huizhou even recorded a daily perception of 247 mm, said an official with the Guangdong hydrologic bureau.

Over 1,000 workers are repairing the rails on a section of Yuehai Railway, China's first cross-strait railway linking Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, to Haikou on the island province of Hainan.

The railway was destroyed by torrential currents.

Pabuk, which landed in Hong Kong Friday afternoon, has brought moderate precipitation to southeastern coastal provinces of China, offering temporary relief to the lingering drought there.

As Pabuk and the eighth tropical storm Wutip are fading away, three more tropical storms would form in a few days to come, and two of them might hit south and southeast coastal areas of China, the National Meteorological Centre warned.