Heavy rains kill 66 in China

Beijing, May 11:

Heavy rains in China’s eastern, southern and southwestern areas since May 4 have left 66 people dead, authorities said on Wednesday.

heavy-rainsAnother 4.66 million people had been affected, Xinhua news agency reported.

Officials said 68,000 people were in need of basic living assistance, 5,200 houses had collapsed and 74,000 were damaged.

A total of 268,000 hectares of crops were damaged, including 28,300 hectares that were destroyed, with direct economic losses estimated at some $820 million. (IANS)

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