Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

132 killed as floods hit China

Massive flooding in southern China has killed 132 people and forced 860,000 to flee their homes, and more storms are on the way, the government has said.

Another 86 people are missing and more than 10 million people have been affected since torrential rains began on June 13, including those who have been injured, stranded or have suffered property losses, the Ministry of Water Resources said in a news release.

While the death toll was up from 90 on Saturday, the number of evacuees was lower than the previous day's figure of 1.4 million.

China sustains major flooding annually along the mighty 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.

Thousands of houses have been destroyed and economic losses have topped 14 billion yuan, the ministry said.

More thunderstorms were forecast, according to the official meteorological bureau.

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