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7/04/2008

Chaos as torrential rain hits country

China
TORRENTIAL rain which has hit about half of China since Tuesday has left one dead, four injured and nearly 400,000 affected.

The rain also caused blocked traffic in cities, delayed flights, destroyed homes, flooded farmland and threatened flooding in river areas, mainly south of the Yangtze River.

In Shanghai, a two-story building collapsed yesterday, killing one of the five construction workers buried in debris.

Shanghai's neighbors, Zhejiang and Anhui, issued heavy rain warnings yesterday, telling local authorities to prepare for possible flooding.

Seven counties and cities in Hubei Province reported more than 395,900 people affected and 35,580 hectares of crops damaged.

Downtown areas in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, were flooded with up to a meter of water in places after a six-hour rainstorm over Tuesday night.




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