29 killed, 16 missing in rainfall-triggered disasters in China’s Hebei

At least nine dead in China’s flood-affected Hebei province

An aerial picture shows rescuers heading to transfer flood-affected people in Zhuozhou, north China's Hebei Province, 02 August 2023. At least nine people died and six others were missing in the Hebei Province amid heavy rainstorms, local authorities said. Statistics show that rainstorms had impacted more than 540,000 people in 87 counties and districts in Hebei by noon on 02 August. The economic losses brought by the disaster were still being investigated. EPA/XINHUA / Mu Yu CHINA OUT / MANDATORY CREDIT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Disasters triggered by the recent round of heavy rain in north China’s Hebei Province, on Thursday had killed 29 people, while 16 people remained missing, local authorities said on Friday.

According to a news conference held by the provincial government, a torrential downpours and severe flooding have wreaked havoc across 110 counties, cities and districts in the province.

Infrastructure including transportation, power, communication and water facilities in the disaster-stricken areas suffered damage.

The province had incurred a direct economic loss of 95.81 billion yuan (about 13.38 billion U.S. dollars), and the overall extent of the disaster was still being assessed and verified.

As of Thursday, the flooding had affected an estimated 3.89 million people. A total of 319,700 hectares of crops had been affected, with 131,500 hectares demolished.

Residential areas also suffered losses, with 40,900 houses having collapsed, while 155,500 houses were severely damaged.

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A total of 1,150 primary and secondary schools, along with kindergartens, suffered damage.

Hebei carried out advance evacuation of residents from flood storage and detention zones, as well as from areas at risk of geological disasters.

Nearly 1.76 million had been relocated.

The province aims to complete post-disaster reconstruction work within two years, and would ensure that every affected student can return to school by Sept. 1.

The affected population can return home or move into new accommodations before the onset of winter, according to the news conference.


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