New floods hit 1.57 million in China

July 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM
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BEIJING, July 15 (UPI) -- Floods and landslides this week have affected 1.57 million people across China, authorities said Friday.

Six people died in heavy storms that extended from Tibet to Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Yunnan Monday through Thursday, the National Commission for Disaster Reduction told Xinhua.

The agency estimated direct damages at $54 million.

Also Friday, the ministries of Civil Affairs and Finance cleared $7.8 million in aid to flood zones for residents of Sichuan and Shaanxi.

The two ministries have allocated $297 million for people harmed by natural disasters so far this year.

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