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Two dead, 76,000 flee homes in east China floods: state media

Two people have died and more than 76,000 have been forced to flee their homes after torrential rains lashed eastern China causing severe flooding.

world Updated: Aug 04, 2008 08:15 IST

Two people have died and more than 76,000 have been forced to flee their homes after torrential rains lashed eastern China causing severe flooding, state media reported.

The flooding hit the Chuhe River valley in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces with water levels in some areas reaching record levels, the Xinhua news agency said late on Sunday.

The downpours lashed the region from Thursday until Saturday, with one city, Chuzhou, under half a metre (20 inches) of water, the report said.

The downpours killed two people in Anhui and caused direct economic losses of 1.5 billion yuan (220 million dollars), the Anhui civil affairs department told Xinhua.

In addition, more than 24,000 houses were destroyed in the province, huge areas of crops were flooded and 76,361 people were displaced, the report said citing Anhui provincial flood control headquarters.

Four reservoirs were being used to try and maintain the water levels in the Chuhe River, while 7,900 armed police and military officials were monitoring the situation, the report said.

Torrential rains have affected huge parts of southern and central China this summer, taking a heavy toll in life and material damage.