Death toll climbs to 132 in China floods
June 20, 2010
Even as the casualty figures stood at 132 dead and 86 missing, the weather department warned of more rainstorms to come.
Large swathes of southern China were inundated causing estimated economic losses of up to to 14.5 billion yuan or USD 2.1 billion and prompting evacuation of 280,000 people in various areas.
The Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFCDRH) said 68,000 houses had collapsed under the impact and 535,500 hectares of crops have been destroyed, state-run Xinhua news agency said today.
The downpour that began last Sunday has triggered flash floods, inundated rivers and crops and disrupted traffic and telecommunication.