July 2, 2006

Storms kill 11 in southwest China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Storms in southwest China's Yunnan
province have killed 11 people, adding to a trail of havoc from
heavy rains lashing parts of the country, state media reported
on Monday.

In Zhaotong in Yunnan, thousands of villagers have been hit
by heavy rains, hail storms, flash floods and landslides since
June 20, and troops were called in to rescue and search for
survivors, the Xinhua news agency reported.

As well as the 11 dead, nine residents were seriously
injured and six were still missing on Sunday, Xinhua said.

The deaths in Yunnan are the latest from a string of local
but devastating storms and flash floods across south and
southwest China that have killed about 200 people since late

A week ago, flash floods killed 18 with another 18 missing
in the central province of Hunan.

Storms in the southwestern province of Sichuan last week
unleashed floods and mudslides which killed 14, the China Daily
reported on Monday.

Chinese meteorological authorities have warned people to
expect more heavy storms in coming days, the daily said.