China: 3 days of heavy rain leave 50 dead, 12 missing
July 3, Beijing: Continuous three days rain in southern China have left 50 people dead and another 12 missing and destroyed thousands of homes, as areas along the Yangtze River braced for more floods, authorities have said.
Torrential rains caused the deaths of 27 people and left a further 12 missing since Thursday in central Hubei, the provincial civil affairs department said.
According to the department, nearly 400,000 people have been evacuated or are in need of aid in the province. Almost 15,000 houses have collapsed or are seriously damaged and more than 500,000 hectares of crops have been affected, causing direct economic losses of 5.669 billion yuan ($850 million).
In mountainous Guizhou province in the southwest, the bodies of 23 people were found after a landslide buried a village Friday, Dafang county government said. Seven people were injured, the Associated Press reported.
Rainstorms soak the southern part of China every year during the summer monsoons, but this rainy season has been particularly wet.
The Oslo Times International News Network