Flood­ing causes 59 deaths, 13 miss­ing

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—Flood­ing has re­sulted in the death of 59 peo­ple this year, with 13 un­ac­counted for, the State Flood Con­trol and Drought Relief Head­quar­ters has said. About 5.85 mil­lion peo­ple in nine pro­vin­cial re­gions in south China had been af­fected by floods as of May 13, which caused di­rect eco­nomic losses of 8.86 bil­lion yuan (1.36 bil­lion U.S. dol­lars).

Av­er­age rain­fall na­tion­wide amounted to 104 mm, the sec­ond heav­i­est rain­fall since 1961. The south has seen 13 down­pours, and 99 rivers have risen above their warn­ing level. China’s na­tional ob­ser­va­tory on Sun­day re­newed a blue alert for heavy rain in the south in the com­ing two days.—Xin­hua

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