Flash floods claim 85 lives in northeastern China

Flash floods claim 85 lives in northeastern China
# 27 August 2013 18:22 (UTC +04:00)

According to Xinhua news agency, in Jilin province, persistent rains have brought chaos to more than 50 counties, forcing 239,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Heavy downpours have also cut off access to many roads. Bridges have been closed and train service suspended in the worst-affected areas.

Sources say at least 105 people are still missing after days of torrential rain and floods in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, some 585,000 hectares of cropland as well as thousands of homes have been damaged there.

The floods are estimated to have caused over USD 1.6 billion in damage.

Meanwhile, over 800 tons of grain has been sent to disaster areas as part of relief efforts. Hundreds of Chinese soldiers are also helping with relief efforts across the region.

Mudslides and flooding are common in China's mountainous areas, killing hundreds of people every year.

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