Rains affect about a lakh of people in China BEIJING: Floods triggered by torrential rain have affected about 98,717 people and damaged over 12,300 hectares of crops in northwest China, state media reported today. Strong rainfall began on Tuesday and has continued into this morning, affecting Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region's northern and western areas of Altay, Aksu and Tacheng, the region's civil affairs department said in a statement. The rainstorm has damaged over 12,300 hectares of crops and killed 2,340 head of livestock, while 303 houses have been toppled or damaged, forcing the evacuation of 939 people, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Direct economic losses are estimated to have reached about $17 million, the department said. The rainstorm has also triggered torrential floods, destroying parts of channels, sluices and infrastructure as well as bridges and roads, it added. In northern Shanxi province, a strong hailstorm that hit Zhangzi County yesterday killed one person and injured three others, the Shanxi provincial civil affairs department said. The hailstorm damaged over 3,000 hectares of farmland and destroyed 28 houses. It is believed to have incurred 19.87 million yuan in direct economic losses. Heavy rain has been hitting parts of south China's Sichuan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region since Saturday, with precipitation expected to reach 100 to 180 mm by today, the national meteorological center (NMC) said. Tomorrow, the rain will spread to most parts of south China, including the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan, as well as Chongqing Municipality, it said. Rains affect about a lakh of people in China - The Times of India **************************************************** Rains will devastate and of that there is no doubt. However, what is worrying is that the rainstorm has damaged over 12,300 hectares of crops and killed 2,340 head of livestock. This will surely cause a lot of pressure on the Govt to ensure that there is no food scarcity. Though the direct economic losses are estimated to have reached about $17 million, it will not cause any issues with China, since China has a huge financial surplus as the Chinese claim. Though it is forecast that there will be more rains and damages, one can only hope that whatever it is, it is marginal.