Floods death toll rises to 114

July 24, 2016 8:13 AM

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Beijing, July 23 (BNA) -- Torrential rain and floods have left 114 people dead and 111 others missing in north China's Hebei Province as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to the provincial civil affairs bureau.

Local authorities have evacuated nearly 310,000 people, according to the Chinese News Agency (Xinhua).

Flooding and rain-triggered landslides have caused the collapse of 52,900 houses and damage to 155,000 houses. Over 700,000 hectares of crops have also been destroyed, leading to direct economic losses of over 16 billion yuan (2.4 billion U.S. dollars).

The provincial government allocated 105 million yuan (15.7 million U.S. dollars) of emergency funds for the worst-hit places to help with relief work.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang presided over a national meeting on flood control and disaster relief in Beijing on Saturday, urging governments at all levels to put safety of the people first and strengthen flood control measures, Xinhua reported.

Source: bna.bh

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