Rainstorms kill 18 in south China

untitled25.bmpBEIJING (Reuters) – Floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Kaemi have killed at least 18 people and left more than 60 missing in southern China, state media said on Thursday.

Kaemi weakened into a tropical depression after sweeping across China’s southeastern coast on Tuesday, but downpours it brought soaked at least four provinces, all of which are still reeling from damage by tropical storm Bilis.

Six people were killed when flash floods along a mountainside hit a military barracks in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua news agency said.

President Hu Jintao has ordered that “the utmost effort” be made to search for 38 officers, soldiers and family members who are still missing, it added.

 

Two girls — aged nine and six — died in southern Guangdong province after their house collapsed under a landslide.

Both incidents occurred in the early hours of Wednesday when the victims were probably sleeping, Xinhua said.

Ten people were killed, mostly by flood waters, in Jiangxi’s mountainous south, Xinhua said. About 20 were missing and roads and communications have been disrupted in some areas.

“The deaths were mainly reported in Shangyou county, which has also suffered many house collapses. Rivers and dams there are overflowing at alarming levels,” an official at the provincial flood control office told Reuters by telephone.

Relief workers have been distributing blankets, clothing and instant noodles to the tens of thousands of villagers affected in the county, Xinhua said.

BEIJING (Reuters) – Floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Kaemi have killed at least 18 people and left more than 60 missing in southern China, state media said on Thursday.

Kaemi weakened into a tropical depression after sweeping across China’s southeastern coast on Tuesday, but downpours it brought soaked at least four provinces, all of which are still reeling from damage by tropical storm Bilis.

Six people were killed when flash floods along a mountainside hit a military barracks in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua news agency said.

President Hu Jintao has ordered that “the utmost effort” be made to search for 38 officers, soldiers and family members who are still missing, it added.

 

Two girls — aged nine and six — died in southern Guangdong province after their house collapsed under a landslide.

Both incidents occurred in the early hours of Wednesday when the victims were probably sleeping, Xinhua said.

Ten people were killed, mostly by flood waters, in Jiangxi’s mountainous south, Xinhua said. About 20 were missing and roads and communications have been disrupted in some areas.

“The deaths were mainly reported in Shangyou county, which has also suffered many house collapses. Rivers and dams there are overflowing at alarming levels,” an official at the provincial flood control office told Reuters by telephone.

Relief workers have been distributing blankets, clothing and instant noodles to the tens of thousands of villagers affected in the county, Xinhua said.

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