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Rain and floods kill 10

FOUR days of torrential rain and floods had killed at least eight people in southwest China's Sichuan Province and two in Gansu Province in northwestern China by yesterday, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Gansu provincial government.

The rains also left five people missing in Sichuan, and one in Gansu.

More than 117,000 people have been relocated after rain had destroyed more than 5,000 houses in 22 counties in Sichuan since Tuesday.

The ministry said the "disaster situation may become worse" as rain continued in parts of the province.

From Tuesday till 3pm yesterday, the average rainfall in Sichuan's Mianyang City reached 200mm, damaging 850,000 hectares of crops.

Communication lines in four towns and villages of Xuanping, Qingpian, Baishen, Taolong have been cut and the situation in these regions remained unknown. In Gansu, landslides occurred on 216 roads linking villages and towns.

According to the local government, water in a quake lake in Gaochuan Village began to overflow, posing a threat to eight villages and towns downstream.

The local government has begun delivering quilts, food and water to flood-hit areas. Technicians were sent to repair broken roads, bridges and communication facilities.


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