Six dead, 420,000 affected by rain in China

Last Updated: Wed, May 01, 2013 00:10 hrs

Beijing, May 1 (IANS) At least six people have died and over 420,000 affected in south China's Guangxi Zhuang region due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain , Xinhua reported.

The rain, which started Monday morning, has hit multiple counties, said a statement from the regional department of civil affairs.

The rain has displaced 17,200 people, said the statement, adding over 12,000 hectares of farmland were affected and a total of 270 houses collapsed.

According to an initial estimate, direct economic losses caused by the rain have amounted to over 69 million yuan ($11 million).

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