Over One Million Affected By Rainstorms In China

CHANGSHA/GUIYANG, July 16 (Bernama) -- One million people were affected after rainstorms lashed central China's Hunan province and southwest Guizhou province on Monday and Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

About 720,000 residents from 240 townships in Hunan were affected since early Monday, with over 460 homes destroyed and 149,400 residents relocated so far.

In Hunan's Fenghuang county, more than 120,000 locals and tourists were evacuated. Power supply was cut off and temporary settlements set up.

By Tuesday noon, water level in Tuojiang River in the county was 1.1 metres above the highest level recorded earlier that saw several bridges damaged.

Water levels of three big reservoirs in the county had surpassed warning levels with cracks and landslides reported. Over 100 soldiers had been dispatched for repair and rescue work.

Landslides have blocked several highways in Hunan and heavy rain is expected to continue on Wednesday.

Rain has also battered neighbouring Guizhou province over the past two days with 14 counties and districts flooded.

As of Tuesday, nearly half a million people in Guizhou were affected and 21,055 people relocated.

In Zhijin county, at least five people were buried after rain caused a landslide early Tuesday.


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