8 killed, 7 missing due to heavy rainfall in China

Xinhua Published: 2017-09-11 17:36:17
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Eight people died and seven remain missing after heavy rain hit parts of southwest and central China from Friday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday. 

Flood after heavy rain in Dazhou City, Sichuan Province, on Sunday, September 10, 2017 [Photo: Chinanews.com]

Flood after heavy rain in Dazhou City, Sichuan Province, on Sunday, September 10, 2017 [Photo: Chinanews.com]

As of Monday 9 a.m., storms have forced the evacuation of nearly 6,700 people in Chongqing Municipality and the provinces of Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Shaanxi, the ministry said. 

More than 500 houses collapsed and over 2,700 were damaged due to the heavy rain. Direct economic losses are estimated at 420 million yuan (64.49 million U.S. dollars).

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