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Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016
More than 78 people were killed and another 91 are missing across China following the torrential rains that swept through the country earlier this week. The havoc created due to the calamity flooded the streams, triggered landslides, destroyed buildings, and other properties.
As per the latest reports from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, more than 400,000 people had been evacuated. The northern province of Hebei has been hurt the worst with 36 people dead and another 77 missing. in Xingtai alone 9 people are feared dead and 11 people unaccounted for.
The local police have blamed this heavy casualty to the failure of river levee. However, according to the local media the villagers have complained about not giving any notification before evacuating when authorities decided to discharge floodwater from an upstream reservoir.
Large parts of China have been inundated with rain this summer, killing more than 200 people.
According to the government, 1.5 million hectares of crops and more has been damaged and consequently, there has been an economic loss of more than 20 billion Yuan (£2.3 billion).
The central bank on Friday issued a statement saying it would provide financial support for flooded areas.
Northern China is normally arid but flooding is not uncommon during the summer monsoon season.
In 2012, Beijing faced the wrath of worst rains when more than 80 people died.