59 died in Southwest China floods

Updated: 2007-07-22 09:50

BEIJING -- Fifty-nine people were confirmed dead in floods and landslides triggered by rainstorms that ravaged Southwest China's Yunnan Province in recent days, authoritative sources said on Saturday.

Rainstorms caused floods and landslides from Wednesday to Saturday in several counties and cities such as Pu'er and Dehong, affecting 386,000 people and eight went missing, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Deduction.

Local governments relocated 6,537 people to safer places.

Rains destroyed more than 4,000 houses, and affected 15,560 hectares of crops, including the devastation of 1,780 hectares, causing more than 132 million yuan (17.4 million U.S. dollars) in direct property losses to local people, half of which in the agricultural sector.

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