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Floods, landslides kill 19 in northwest China

by Staff Writers
Beijing, Aug 11, 2007
Nineteen people were killed and 37 missing after violent rainstorms triggered floods in northwest China, state media reported Saturday.

The rainstorms, which started to hit the southeastern part of Shaanxi province Monday, destroyed homes and ruined crops, causing 280 million yuan (37 million dollars) in damages, a provincial flood control headquarters official told Xinhua news agency.

The latest deaths continue a devastating run of weather for China, with the Ministry of Civil Affairs reporting that natural disasters had left 712 people dead and 163 missing in July.

The death toll from natural disasters in the vast country in the first seven months of this year was 1,279, with another 239 missing, according to the ministry.

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South Asia Floods Toll Passes 2000 Mark
Patna, India (AFP) Aug 09, 2007
The death toll from the worst monsoon floods to hit South Asia in decades passed 2,000 Thursday even as torrents of muddy water receded from millions of acres of farmland and rains shifted west. Thousands of villages remained under water and threatened by disease, while millions were still displaced, mainly in India and Bangladesh, where the severe floods also destroyed valuable crops.







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