Rainstorms leave 13 dead in China
At least 13 people are killed as continuous rainstorms ravage Yibin city in southwest China's Sichuan province.world Updated: Aug 26, 2007 16:51 IST
At least 13 people were killed after continuous rainstorms ravaged Yibin city in southwest China's Sichuan province, officials said on Sunday.
Torrential rains hit the city in southern Sichuan from Wednesday to Saturday. The region recorded a rainfall of 268 mm that triggered landslides and floods, the provincial disaster relief office said.
The 13 deaths included five who were killed after a landslide hit a residential community in Xinshi late on Saturday.
Landslides and rock-mud flows triggered by the rainstorms have damaged or toppled nearly 4,000 houses and caused an evacuation of 2,309 people.
Around 170,000 people were affected.
Yibin city suffered a direct economic loss of 25 million yuan ($3.3 million) from the rainstorms, 7.67 million yuan in the agricultural sector.
Natural disasters left 1,279 dead and 239 missing in China in the first seven months this year, according to the ministry of civil affairs.
In the latest toll, 39 people have died and nine others were missing following the trail of destruction left by Typhoon Sepat in Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Hunan provinces, the ministry said.