Heavy Rain Kills More People in China, Forces Evacuations

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A new round of rainstorms pounded central and southern China Wednesday, causing more deaths and massive evacuations.

The government has ordered some 88,000 people in six provinces to evacuate. The Xinhua news agency reported that 72,000 people were evacuated in southern Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces Wednesday. It said the rain also toppled more than 1,300 houses in Jiangxi.

Heavy downpours in the past week have triggered floods and landslides across central and southern China, killing more than 110 people so far. Many others are missing.

More than 55,000 people were evacuated Tuesday from flooded areas of Hubei province, most of them from the city of Xianning.

The government Wednesday allocated about $20 million to help recovery efforts in Hubei and Hunan provinces, which have been the hardest hit by storms.

Some of the southern provinces that have been pounded with rain since early June were previously parched by drought.

Weather officials have said that in some regions, the heavy rains will continue until Friday.