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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
China floods, 200,000 homes destroyed

Headline: 123 dead or missing in China floods, 200,000 homes destroyed -- Detail Story

BEIJING: More than 200,000 homes have collapsed and another 530,000 are damaged after pounding rain in China's Shaanxi province, where 123 have died or gone missing since August, reports and officials said Tuesday.

Most of the homes destroyed were cave dwellings close to hills and mountainsides. More than 200,000 cave dwellings have collapsed this month, an official from the disaster relief department of the Shaanxi Civil Affairs Bureau said, adding that another 530,000 had been damaged.

123 people were dead or missing in Shaanxi in floods a press report said. The Wei River has experienced its worst flooding in 20 years this year, inundating more than 200 square kilometres (80 square miles) of land, forcing the evacuation of 300,000 people, the report said.

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