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Floods in China Kill 128

June 16, 2007

China has seen 128 people killed and 24 missing in floods by June 15 this year, the Office of the State Flood Control and Draught Relief Headquarters said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, China's north is experiencing severe drought, according to the office.

A total of 22.72 million people and 1.22 million hectares of crops had been affected by the floods by June 15 this year, which inflicted a direct economic loss of 8.92 billion yuan (1.17 billion U.S. dollars), according statistics from the office.

In the first half of June alone, 63 people were killed. Economic loss of 6.55 billion yuan was incurred as 14.24 million people and 717,000 hectares of crops were affected by the floods.

Meanwhile, the widespread and prolonged drought has left 10.91 million Chinese short of drinking water by June 14 this year.

The drought has hit 165 million mu (about 11 million hectares) of arable land and 120 million mu (about 8 million hectares) of crops in most parts of northern China and some parts of the southwestern Chongqing, Sichuan and Yunnan.
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