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China: Thousands homeless in cave collapses in Shaanxi

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BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Hundreds of thousands of rural residents in northwest China's Shaanxi Province have become homeless due to collapse of their hillside cave dwellings or houses, Tuesday's China Daily reported.

So far, more than 200,000 caves or houses have collapsed and 530,000-plus cave dwellings been tumbled by heavy rains since September, said an official surnamed Wang with the disaster relief department of the Shaanxi Civil Affairs Bureau.

About 2.5 million people in 58 counties of the province have been affected by the collapse of their homes, Wang was quoted as saying Monday.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has earmarked 60 million yuan (approximately 7.3 million US dollars) for relief and some cities or counties also allocated relief funds and their civil affairs departments have been designated to donate cotton-padded quilts and clothing to help the victims get through the winter, sources with the ministry said.

The floods in Shaanxi province have led to 123 people being reported dead or missing. Enditem