The Chinese government on
Saturday 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, a spokesman with Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said.
Since late May, continuous rainstorms began hitting central, south and
southwest provinces, including Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Jiangxi and
Sichuan, affecting about 14 million people.
Rain-triggered mud slides and floods had killed 76 people by Tuesday
afternoon, according to MCA, which has not provided an update since then.
Thousands of people have been evacuated to safer places and efforts to
rebuild their homes have begun, the spokesman said.
The disasters have caused overall economic losses of more than 4.73 billion
yuan (about 606 million U.S. dollars).