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Rainstorm cuts Beijing's power

A RAINSTORM cut electricity supplies in suburban Beijing yesterday, affecting more than 10,000 residents, authorities said last night.

The rain had hit suburban districts including Yanqing, Tongzhou, Daxing, Shunyi and Pinggu districts and cut off 15 electricity supply lines up to 8pm, said a Beijing Electricity Power Company official.

Six of the 15 had been reconnected while work was continuing on the other nine, the official said, adding downtown Beijing had not been affected.

The rain had almost stopped but thunderstorms would persist in some areas in the city overnight, a Beijing Meteorological Bureau official said. It would not, however, affect repair work.

According to the latest weather forecast, heavy rain will hit Beijing again this morning.

Rainstorms also hit southwest and central China, leaving three dead, two injured and one missing, local authorities said yesterday.

A landslide triggered by a rainstorm hit Fugong County in southwest China's Yunnan Province at 5:30am yesterday, leaving two dead, two injured and one missing, said a county spokesman.

Another death was caused by floods amidst heavy rain from Thursday to Friday in Shiyan City of central China's Hubei Province, said an official of the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

More than 43,000 people were affected by the rain and the direct economic loss was estimated to be 18.35 million yuan (US$2.7 million), the official said.

Nearly 1,500 people had been evacuated from the region, he added.


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