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Floods, wind, hail affect millions in Guizhou

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Authorities in Guiyang on Wednesday said floods, wind and hail have affected millions of people in southwest China’s Guizhou Province in the first half of 2019.

According to the authorities, ten people were killed and two remain missing due to natural disasters in 775 villages and townships from January to June.

They added that the disasters caused a direct economic loss of 3.1 billion yuan ($452 million), with 2.2 million people affected.

The provincial department of emergency management said that frequent and strong precipitation caused severe damage.

“Strong rainfall caused flooding in cities and townships, and geological disasters such as landslides.

“Guizhou’s 36 counties suffered wind and hail, with crops damaged.’’

Xinhua/NAN

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