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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Thousands homeless as flooding sweeps through China

Posted :Tue, 28 Oct 2003 22:06 AEST
Thousands homeless as flooding sweeps through China

Flooding in north-west China has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Chinese state media report weeks of heavy rain and floods in the north-western Shaanxi Province have caused more than 200,000 hillside cave dwellings or houses to collapse.

Half-a-million more homes have also been rendered uninhabitable.

More than two-million people are said to have been affected, with hundreds of thousands left homeless.

A Government official says 23 people have been killed by cave-ins and others have been buried alive.

The National Ministry of Civil Affairs has reportedly earmarked $10 million in aid for the province.

Millions of Chinese people live in cave houses cut into giant embankments or in houses where a hillside makes up one or more walls.

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