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Heavy rainstorm kills eight in NW China province
Updated: 2005-05-30 22:19

Rains caused floods and mud-rock flows between May 28 and 29 in northwest China's Gansu Province, claiming eight lives, according to the provincial flood and drought control and prevention headquarters.

A heavy rainstorm struck the south-central part of the province Saturday night and triggered floods and mud-rock flows, the source said.

In the worst-hit Minxian County, the disaster damaged 436.4 hectares of farmland and affected a population of 8,842, with direct economic losses estimated at 38.2 million yuan (4.6 million US dollars).

Local authorities are organizing disaster-relief work and reconstruction, and disaster assessment is underway.

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