Death toll from heavy rain, floods rises to 99 in central China's Henan
Updated 21:43, 29-Jul-2021

The death toll from heavy rain and floods that pummeled central China's Henan Province has risen to 99, local authorities said on Thursday.

State authorities upgraded the emergency response level of disaster relief as some southern cities in the province have still been submerged in the rain-triggered floods.

As of Thursday noon, more than 13.9 million people in 150 county-level regions have been affected by the latest round of downpours since July 16. Over 1.05 million hectares of crops were damaged, and about 840,800 houses have collapsed or sustained damages across the province, official data showed.

A total of 1.47 million people have been relocated due to rain-triggered flooding.

(Cover: Avenue submerged in floods as rescuers rushed to evacuate residents in inflatable rafts in Xinxiang, Henan Province, central China, July 27, 2021./ CFP)

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