Thursday, August 14, 2008

Local government: Floods, landslides in southwest China kill 40

The death toll from disasters caused by heavy rain has risen to 40 with six missing in southwest China's Yunnan Province, the provincial government said on Wednesday.

From Thursday to Monday, downpours caused by the remnants of tropical storm Kammuri struck 11 prefectures or cities in the province, triggering landslides, floods and mud-rock flows.

As of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the disasters had left 40 dead, six missing and 42 injured with 1.25 million people affected, the Yunnan Civil Affairs Department said.

More than 10,000 rooms of housing were destroyed and 18,000 damaged. About 16,000 people were evacuated.

The direct economic losses reached 746 million yuan .

The provincial and local governments had allocated 10 million yuan in relief, both in funds and materials like tents, quilts and clothing.


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