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Rainstorm kills 17 in China

world Updated: Aug 08, 2007 10:47 IST

Seventeen people have been killed in floods caused by a rainstorm in northwest China's Shaanxi province, an official with the provincial headquarters of flood control said on Wednesday.

The rainstorms that ravaged Ankang in the southeast of Shaanxi on Monday evening and Tuesday have caused flooding in seven rivers and also triggered landslides and mud-rock flows, the official said.

About 175,000 people were affected and 33 people are missing. The rainstorms also destroyed crops on 720 hectares of farmland and toppled down 5,450 houses. A highway was closed with 15 cave-ins.

Direct economic loss stood at 163 million yuan ($21.5 million), said the official.

China has experienced severe flooding and droughts this year and more than 700 people have been killed by lightning, landslides and floods this summer.