Fierce storms kill 18 in China

Almost a week of storms leave some provinces under water.

Fierce storms kill 18 in China

World Bulletin / News Desk

Floods in China have left 18 people dead and affected more than a million others after almost a week of storms left some provinces under water.

Guizhou's provincial civil affairs bureau said in a press release that seven people had died in the southwestern province alone when their homes collapsed or they were hit by lightning.

It added that three others were reported missing, and more than 91,000 people relocated after heavy rains destroyed 5,800 homes and damaged another 16,300.

The rains began Sunday night and lasted throughout Wednesday.

In east China's Jiangxi Province, six people have died from lightning strikes since Friday, while five people were killed and 14 are missing in landslides in Hunan.

Officials have put the cost of the damage at around $30 million.

Xinhua news agency reported that 25 departing flights were delayed and 44 incoming flights forced to land at other airports - leaving around 4,000 passengers stranded - at Longdongbao Airport in Guiyang.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2014, 14:51