China floods death toll rises to 175
Monday 21 June 2010
Widespread flooding in southern China has caused 175 deaths, with 107 people missing and more storms expected, the government said today.
Thousands of houses have been destroyed and economic losses have topped 14 billion yuan (£1.4 billion), according to the Ministry of Water Resources. The toll was up from 132 yesterday.
Flooding has affected more than 10 million residents since torrential rains began on June 13, said a report posted on the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters website. The number included people injured, stranded or who had suffered property damage.
The report called on emergency response teams to step up evacuation efforts of those still stranded in their homes.
More thunderstorms were forecast, the China Meteorological Administration said.
China suffers major flooding annually along the Yangtze and other major rivers, but this year's floods have been especially heavy, spreading across nine provinces and regions in the south and along the eastern coast.
The flooding follows the worst drought in a century for the southern provinces and regions of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi.
It left millions without drinking water and destroyed more than 12 million acres (5 million hectares) of crops.
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 Evany José Metzker dead: Decapitated body of Brazilian journalist and blogger investigating child prostitution ring found
- 4 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
- 5 Teenager tries to buy elderly homeless man breakfast at McDonald's but is told homeless people cannot be served under 'new policy'
JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
Hatton Garden heist: 'Dad's Army' of 8 Britons accused of £60m jewellery robbery denied bail
Evany José Metzker dead: Decapitated body of Brazilian journalist and blogger investigating child prostitution ring found
Burundi crisis: President Nkurunziza plays football as two protesters die in demonstrations
The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Graduate UI Application Developer - ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: B2B Marketing Manager (Events, Digit...
£30 - 35k: Guru Careers: A Senior Account Manager / SAM is needed to join the ...