Torrential rains and floods wreak havoc in China
Torrential rains and floods have killed numerous people across China, damaged scores of houses and left hundreds homeless, local officials and state media said on Friday.Updated: Jun 28, 2003 10:29 IST
Torrential rains and floods have killed numerous people across China, damaged scores of houses and left hundreds homeless, local officials and state media said on Friday.
In southwest China's Chongqing municipality, nonstop rain since June 21 has caused flooding, mudslides and rock slides that have killed seven people and affected 26 districts and counties, according to the Sohu.com website.
Based on initial estimates, 300 people in five townships were made homeless and 12,593 hectares (31,104 acres) of farmland destroyed.
The floods are considered the biggest suffered by the province-sized municipality since the city entered the flood season this summer.
Economic losses for Chongqing, where thunderstorms and strong rains blanketed large parts of the city earlier this week, are estimated at least 100 million yuan (12 million US dollars), according to the China News Service (CNS).
Many roads and houses have been destroyed or washed away, the report said.
In one county, Wulong, rainfall reached 188.6 millimeters (7.5 inches) from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, CNS said. Two people were killed and three were missing, with another seriously injured.
Many houses were damaged and the entire county lost its electricity supply, with roads blocked in several areas.
In Wansheng district's Guanba township, two hours of nonstop rain caused 29 houses to collapse. In one village, four households with a total of 20 people were trapped and had to be rescued by local armed police, the report said.
In southern China's Guizhou province, seven people were confirmed killed by a landslide in Xishui county on Wednesday while 17 others are missing and feared dead, a local official told AFP.
Thirteen towns in the Xishui county were seriously affected after nine hours of nonstop rain beginning Tuesday morning. Some were inundated by flood waters one meter (3.3 feet) high.
By Thursday, 13 people were confirmed dead and 16 others missing, with 158 villages and 43,605 people affected, according to the anti-flood office of Xishui county.
Several thousand hectares of crops were damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of houses suffering the same fated, while 263 heads of livestock were killed.
Based on preliminary estimates, economic losses in Xishui reached 30 million yuan.
Meanwhile, in central China's Hubei province, six rock quarry workers died when continuous torrential rain Tuesday caused rock slides in a quarry in Zhuxi county, the Chutian Jinbao newspaper said.
First Published: Jun 28, 2003 10:29 IST