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At Least 63 Killed, 1.6m Flee After Two Weeks Heavy Rain in China

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Authorities on Monday said floods and landslides in China have killed scores of people in the country’s central Human province following two weeks of torrential rains, which also forced 1.6 million to flee.

According to Tang Biyu, deputy director of Human’s Civil Affairs Department, at least 53,000 homes have collapsed, while nearly 350,000 others were seriously or partially damaged after 11 straight days of rain.

In addition, Tang said that not less than 63 people were killed by landslides, the flow of debris or the collapse of homes, which put the damage bill at US$5.6 billion. Meanwhile 20 more persons are missing, The Sun News reported.

For the past few weeks, there have been cases of floods as a result of heavy rains. Last Saturday for example, people living in the highbrow Lekki area of Lagos state were in disarray as floods chased them away from their homes.

We reported the story of a female resident of Lekki who gave a shocking account of how a baby almost drowned. Also, this morning, we have a gruesome report of how floods had killed at least three people, while ten others are still missing in Suleja, Niger state as at the time of the report.

As we send our condolences to the deceased families and urge the Chinese government to do the necessary things to save lives and stop the future occurrences, we also urge the Nigerian government to act fast so that our case doesn’t get as bad as China’s.

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