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Floods kill 21 in China; 37 missing

Associated Press / June 8, 2011

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BEIJING — Rain-triggered floods in southwestern China have killed 21 people and left 37 others missing while damaging roads, bridges, and thousands of homes, officials said yesterday.

The 21 deaths were reported in Guizhou Province’s Wangmo county, where 31 people were missing, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a report from Nong Wenhai, a deputy governor of Wangmo. Another person was missing in the province’s Luodian county.

Some 45,000 residents have evacuated the area inundated by flood waters Monday, said Tang Quanshu of Wangmo county’s flood prevention office. She said another 3,000 were stranded.

Meanwhile, the waters toppled 800 houses and damaged nearly 5,000, while 50 square miles of farmland were under water, Tang said.

Xinhua, citing county officials, reported that the flooding disrupted power and water supplies and telecommunications in several towns in Wangmo county, which has a population of 8 million. It said the floods destroyed roads and bridges.

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