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Death and destruction after heavy rains in central China; Yangtze River dangerously high

China
July 02, 2007

BEIJING: Floods and landslides killed 30 people in a central China province, with the rain-swollen Yangtze River that cuts through the province at dangerously high levels, a government Web site and state media said Tuesday.
The flooding in Hubei province also left nine people missing, destroyed 53,400 homes and caused almost 800 million yuan (about US$100 million; €74 million) in losses, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The heavy rain that triggered the floods started Thursday and had stopped by Tuesday.
But the Yangtze, which runs through Hubei, and other major rivers are at dangerously high levels, and more rainfall could lead to flooding, according to the Web site of the national Office of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
The Three Gorges dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, blocks the Yangtze in Hubei and was designed to control flooding.
Deadly flooding is a perennial problem in China, with floods this year killing 233 people, destroying 118,500 homes and affecting over 42 million people, according to the national flood control office.

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