Death toll rises to 8 in flood
A flood has left eight dead and one missing in Shaanxi province, local authorities said on Friday. Heavy rain has fallen in the northern parts of Shaanxi since Tuesday night and caused floods in some areas. So far, more than 71,300 people have been relocated in Yulin city, according to the provincial flood control headquarters. More than 2,200 hectares of crops were damaged, and direct economic losses will exceed 230 million yuan ($34 million). The torrential rain also disrupted power supply, telecommunications and traffic. The provincial weather observatory said the rain would continue until Saturday.