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4/25/2007

Torrential rain destroys 1300 houses

Breaking Earth News
China

SUDDEN torrential downpours in China's southeastern province of Guangdong destroyed more than 1300 houses and forced 20,000 people from their homes.
The rainfall and thunderstorms also delayed flights to the province's largest airport and destroyed thousands of hectares of crops, the official Xinhua agency reported.
Nearly 20cm of rain were recorded in some areas over Monday and Tuesday.
A recent national assessment of the likely impact of global warming said the country's south could face more flooding as temperatures rise.
Last year, China's warmest since 1951, the country was struck by an unusually high number of natural disasters, including a series of storms and typhoons.
Every year, 400 million people and 50 million ha of farmland are affected by natural disasters in China, with economic losses reaching 1-3 per cent of gross domestic product.


TORRENTIAL RAINS/ FLOODS/ LANDSLIDES

VIETNAM - A fierce cyclone and heavy rain cut a swath through a southern Vietnamese province Monday afternoon, killing a young girl and destroying 500 houses. Thousands of people were stranded after losing their homes. (photo)

UGANDA - Residents of Wanale sub-county have appealed to the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Preparedness to assist 10 families whose homes and crops were destroyed by a landslide on April 14. The landslide also blocked the road to the upper side of the sub-county. The blocked road had cut off more than 15,000 people and hampered the transportation of fresh food to Mbale town and other parts of the country. “Health services have also suffered as patients referred to Mbale Hospital cannot be transported.” A bulldozer deployed last week to clear the road had by Sunday failed to push away a huge boulder. An explosive is needed to blow away the massive stone. The soil from the cliff that overlooked Mbale town also rolled down and affected villages in Bungokho South constituency. Travelers on the Mbale-Wanale road are now forced to walk along the stiff Bugayeme cliff to reach their destinations.

PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS - Torrential rains provoked flooding in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, blocking roads and forcing schools to close on Tuesday. Almost eight inches of rain have fallen since Friday in parts of Puerto Rico. Days of near-constant rainfall damaged dozens of homes around the island and caused minor flooding. In the mountainous British Virgin Islands, rain triggered landslides that blocked several roads in Tortola, the main island.

AUSTRALIA - Wollongong has received its heaviest rainfall in more than six months. In the 30 hours to 3pm yesterday, 180mm - or more than seven inches - of rain fell at Bellambi. A total of 112mm was recorded at the University of Wollongong during the same period. Wollongong's average rainfall for the entire month of April is 127.1mm. The rain caused traffic chaos on Illawarra roads, with police critical of drivers who failed to reduce their speed and take greater care behind the wheel.
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