China: Severe Weather Kills At Least 39 People
Severe weather hit China’s Chongqing municipality towards the end of last week with strong winds, torrential rain, hail and tornadoes. At least 39 people were killed and more than 190 injured as severe weather struck the area early Thursday morning around 2 a.m. local time.
People work by the remains of houses at China’s Chongqing Municipality, May 6, 2010. Image: Xinhua
The Liangping and Dianjiang County and Fuling District were among the hardest hit. In Dianjiang County, 980 residential buildings had collapsed and more than 10,000 were damaged by severe storms. The Hanjia township in Pengshui County received more than 6.5 inches (157mm) of rain within a 24-hour period. According to the county government, the estimated damage was more than 120 million yuan or 17.6 million dollars.
In the eastern province of Jiangxi, torrential rains forced more than 3,500 people to evacuate their homes, said a spokesman for the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
China’s Chongqing Municipality. Image: Wikipedia
Relief work has begun and the Chongqing municipal civil affairs bureau so far has sent 300 tents, 1,000 quilts and emergency lights to the affected regions.