China has seen 128 people
killed and 24 missing in floods by June 15 this year, the Office of the State
Flood Control and Draught Relief Headquarters said on Saturday.
People wade through a flooded street in Liuzhou, south
China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 13, 2007.
Meanwhile, China's north is experiencing severe drought, according to the
A total of 22.72 million people and 1.22 million hectares of crops had been
affected by the floods by June 15 this year, which inflicted a direct economic
loss of 8.92 billion yuan (1.17 billion U.S. dollars), according statistics from
In the first half of June alone, 63 people were killed. Economic loss of 6.55
billion yuan was incurred as 14.24 million people and 717,000 hectares of crops
were affected by the floods.
Meanwhile, the widespread and prolonged drought has left 10.91 million
Chinese short of drinking water by June 14 this year.
The drought has hit 165 million mu (about 11 million hectares) of arable land
and 120 million mu (about 8 million hectares) of crops in most parts of northern
China and some parts of the southwestern Chongqing,Sichuan and Yunnan.
The acreage of arable land affected by drought is about one million hectare
more than the average level in the past years, according to the office.
The office said 9.74 million heads of livestock were also short of drinking
The drought in Sichuan has been partly alleviated by rainfalls since June 7.
However, the drought in north China will continue or even worsen due to
continued high temperatures and shortage of rainfalls, according to Cheng
Dianlong, deputy chief of the office.
The government has earmarked 101 million yuan (about 13 million U.S. dollars)
in relief funds for the provinces and regions affected by severe floods over the
past weeks, while 80 million yuan has been delivered to drought-hit regions in
the country's latest efforts to help them alleviate the