At Least 75 Dead or Missing in Recent Floods in Northern China
(Beijing) – At least 75 people were dead or missing as of 9 a.m. on July 20 in floods across northern China after torrential rains since Monday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said. More than 68,000 people were displaced.
The deluge also damaged over 1,200 homes and destroyed more than 95,000 hectares of farmland, or nearly 6 percent of the size of Beijing, the ministry said. Officials estimate the disaster has cost 840 million yuan, or US$ 125 million, in direct losses to the economy.
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