21 missing, 34 killed in China storms

Published 18.07.2014 00:00
Updated 18.07.2014 11:49
21 missing, 34 killed in China storms

The death toll from the heavy storms and ensuing floods and landslides in southwest and central China has risen to 34, with 21 people missing, according to officials announced.

More than 9 million people have been affected by the downpours that have wreaked havoc in the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan, Anhui and the municipality of Chongqing since July 10, and the estimated cost of the damage went up to $839.8 million, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

Xinhua news agency reported that Typhoon Rammasun is expected to hit south China's island province of Hainan or the coastal area of Guangdong Province on Friday afternoon, citing the local flood prevention department.

The rains began Sunday night and lasted throughout Wednesday.

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