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Over 200 Dead or Missing, Millions Homeless After Catastrophic Flooding Hits China, Pakistan

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Over 200 Dead or Missing, Millions Homeless After Catastrophic Flooding Hits China, Pakistan

Post by Harry on Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:25 am


Over 200 Dead or Missing, Millions Homeless After Catastrophic Flooding Hits China, Pakistan

Published:
Jul 7 2016 08:30 AM EDT

By Associated Press
weather.com

Hundreds Killed in China Flood

Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari has the latest out of China and Pakistan where catastrophic flooding has taken the lives of more than 150 people.

Story Highlights

About 18 inches of rain fell in one Chinese town, triggering deadly floods.

Nearly 1.5 million people had to be evacuated from one Chinese province.

Catastrophic floods have likely taken more than 200 lives in China and Pakistan this weekend after days of heavy rain.

In Eastern China, 181 people are either dead or missing following a week of heavy downpours that broke levees, flooded cities and villages, halted public transportation.

A mudslide in Guizhou Province killed 23, state media told the BBC. Eight more people died in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province when a section of a wall collapsed.

In this Wednesday, July 6, 2016 photo, a worker places a danger sign along a road submerged with flood water in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)
The China Meteorological Administration said late Wednesday the city of Wuhan, which has 8 million residents and sits on the Yangtze river, had a record weekly rainfall of 22.6 inches. About 18 inches of rain fell in Macheng, China, in a four-day period ending 8 a.m. local time on July 4, said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

The rain collapsed more than 40,000 houses and forced the evacuation of nearly 1.5 million people in 11 regions, mostly along the Yangtze River and its distributaries, China.org.cn reports, and nearly 600,000 people are in urgent need of basic living assistance. In Wuhan alone, nearly 170,000 residents have been relocated, and more than 80,000 have been placed in shelters.Wuhan civil affairs officials told state media.

The rain has also destroyed more than 700,000 acres of crops, the Xinhua news agency reports. Floods and landslides are also affecting telecommunication and electricity facilities, halting or delaying traffic in some regions. The ministry estimated total economic losses of $5.73 billion.

In this Wednesday, July 6, 2016 photo, a truck loaded with people drives through a flooded street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)
State television on Saturday showed people using boats to navigate flooded streets in eastern Anhui province. Anhui's civil affairs department said 18 people have died and four are missing due to heavy rain since June 18.

Vice Premier Wang Yang warned last month that there was a high possibility of floods in the Yangtze River and Huai River basins this year, which equate to a large swath of China's southern, central and eastern areas.

(MORE: China Tornado Kills 98, Injures 800)

In Pakistan, heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have claimed at least 30 lives and washed away a mosque and several houses in Ursoon, an area of Chitral.

Thirteen people are still missing in Chitral, the district’s deputy commissioner Usama Waraich told Gulf News, adding that authorities were evacuating some residents with more rain forecast Monday.

In this Wednesday, July 6, 2016 photo, a couple holding an umbrella in a rain wade through a flooded road in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)
The mayor of Chitral district, Maghfirat Shah said the flash flooding hit as people were offering up special Ramadan prayers at the mosque. Dozens of worshippers were swept away in the floodwaters, which destroyed the mosque and damaged several nearby houses and a security post.

Afghan authorities also said they had recovered 13 bodies, including eight Pakistani soldiers, which had been swept over the border from Chitral into Afghanistan, Gulf News said.

The provincial chief minister, Pervez Khattak, expressed his grief over the tragedy and announced that the families would receive compensation of $300 for each loss of life. He said that he had given orders for disaster management officials to quickly provide the affected communities with tents, food, medicine and other relief goods.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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