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Toll rises to 114 in Chi rains

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, July 24: At least 114 people are dead and 111 others missing in north Chi’s Hebei Province due to heavy rain and floods, authorities said on Saturday. Citing provincial civil affairs bureau, Xinhua news agency reported that local authorities have evacuated nearly 310,000 people. Flooding and rain-triggered landslides have caused the collapse of 52,900 houses and damage to 155,000. Over 700,000 hectares of crops have also been destroyed, leading to direct economic losses of over $2.4 billion. The worst-hit Daxian Village of Xingtai City was almost empty after a flash flood swamped it early Wednesday morning. At least eight villagers were killed and one missing. Only a dozen villagers stayed to watch over the village, while the rest residents had left to take shelter with their relatives elsewhere. There have been power outages, disruptions to communication and other infrastructure, and road closures across Jingxing. (IANS)

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