Flooding in China damages 2,033 acres of farmland

June 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

URUMQI, China, June 18 (UPI) -- Torrential rains in northwest China have destroyed some 2,033 acres of farmland, affecting more than 17,000 people, local officials said Tuesday.

The rains began Friday in much of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, including Aksu, Hotan, Kashgar and Kisilsu Kirghiz Autonomous Prefecture, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

The flooding and landslides destroyed bridges and roads in the region, with a total economic loss estimated to be about $12.2 million, a statement from the region's flood control and drought relief headquarters said.

There were no reports of injuries or deaths due to the flooding.

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