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China: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 6

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The Red Cross Society of China continues to respond to some of the most severe flooding to have affected China in the past ten years. However it is struggling to moblize adequate resources in the wake of the domestic appeals it carried out to respond to the Qinghai earthquake and serious drought in central parts of China earlier in the year.

Latest figures from China's flood control authorities indicate that floods this year have left 968 people dead and 507 missing all over China as of 29 July. To date, the floods have affected 134 million people in 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, resulting in direct economic losses of CNY 176.5 billion (CHF 27.5 billion).

As of 27 July, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) headquarters has provided assistance amounting to CNY 14.48 million (CHF 2.25 million) in cash and kind to the affected areas, including a large shipment of relief items such as quilts, clothes and blankets to the most affected areas of Sichuan, Shaanxi, Henan and Liaoning provinces.