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China: Heavy rains trigger flooding, affect 1.2 million people in south

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GUANGZHOU, Aug 13, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Downpours brought by tropical storm Pabuk in south China's Guangdong Province has caused flooding across the province, affecting about 1.2 million people and toppling down more than 3,000 houses.

A total of 1.165 million people in the cities of Zhanjiang, Maoming and Meizhou were affected, 3,665 houses destroyed, while economic losses were estimated to be 1.342 billion yuan, the Guangdong provincial flood control headquarters said on Sunday.

Twenty-seven hydrologic stations in the province recorded a daily perception of more than 100 mm, and 104 stations with daily perception between 50-100 mm. A hydrologic station in Huizhou even recorded a daily perception of 247 mm, said an official with the Guangdong hydrologic bureau.

Pabuk, which landed in Hong Kong Friday afternoon, has brought moderate precipitation to southeastern coastal provinces of China, offering temporary relief to the lingering drought there.

Downpours and rainstorms were recorded in Wenzhou and Taizhou of Zhejiang Province that have suffered more than 20 days of sweltering heat.

Heavy rains also brought relief to 65,500 thirty people and 30,300 hectares of scorched farmland in Fujian Province.

As Pabuk and the eighth tropical storm Wutip are fading away, three more tropical storms would form in a few days to come, and two of them might hit south and southeast coastal areas of China, said the National Meteorological Center of China. Enditem