The death toll from natural disasters triggered by the
tropical storm Bilis has increased to 228.
A man watch his land
submerged in floods caused by Typhoon Bilis in Ping He county, east China's
Fujian province July 16, 2006. Rainstorms and winds unleashed by Bilis whip
Fujian province Sunday, leaving 43 dead and 24 others missing. The directe
ecnomic losses hit 3 billion yuan (US$375 million). A total of 154 are killed
around south east China, according to state press. [Newsphoto]
The death toll in the southern province of Guangdong rose to 63, while a
total of 30 were confirmed dead with three others missing in Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region, local authorities said on Thursday.
The number of victims stood at 92 in Hunan and 43 in Fujian provinces
At least 156 people are still missing and 26.45 million people have been
affected in China's southern and eastern provinces, the Ministry of Civil
Affairs said on Wednesday.
The heavy rains and floods have toppled 212,000 houses, damaged 287,000
houses and forced 2.95 million local residents to move to safer places.
More than 6.68 million Guangdong residents were affected and 1.08 million
have been relocated. The direct economic losses have reached 9 billion yuan
(more than 1.1 billion U.S. dollars), according to Guangdong flood control
Four official working teams and five medical detachments were rushing to the
flood-stricken areas to aid the disaster relief operation.
Workers had repaired most of the telecommunication networks by Thursday. The
service suspension affected more than 260,000 people, incurring economic losses
of 140 million yuan (17.5 million U.S. dollars).
In neighboring Guangxi, more than 6.53 million people were affected by the
rainstorms, flooding and mudslides, which incurred over 2.2 billion yuan (about
2.75 million U.S. dollars) in economic losses.
The local government has provided more than 5 million yuan (625,000 U.S.
dollars) in disaster relief and has dispatched 10 working groups to
The central government has earmarked 75 million yuan (nearly 9.4 million U.S.
dollars) to help Guangxi fight extreme natural disasters, in addition to the
41-million-yuan (over 5.1 million U.S. dollars) disaster relief fund provided by
the Ministry of Civil Affairs during the flooding season this year.
Tropical storm Bilis landed in China last Friday and triggered heavy rainfall
and serious floods in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi.
As Bilis dies down, the storm-ravaged regions will experience a major heat
wave over the coming week, according to local meteorological stations.
Fujian issued a heat warning on Thursday morning when the peak temperature
reached over 38 degrees Celsius.