October 14, 2008

Heavy Rains Trigger China Flooding

Two people were killed and 50,000 residents of China's Hainan province were evacuated after four days of torrential rains caused flooding, officials said.

One resident was reported missing and another injured in the southern Chinese region, where floods have submerged 157 villages and damaged nearly 30,000 acres of low-lying crops, Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news agency reported Tuesday.

"Downpours have pounded most parts of the island since Saturday, making several major rivers swell and 425 reservoirs overflow," Yang Yunxian of the Hainan provincial flood-control headquarters told the news agency. "The rainfall reached (19 inches) in some areas."