(Edited from China Daily, Hefei) Heavy rain since July 8 has affected 18.3 million people in regions along the Yangtze River, leaving 43 dead and 18 missing, China’s flood control authorities said Monday.

The death toll released by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH) excluded deaths caused by lightning strikes.

(Edited from China Daily, Hefei) Heavy rain since July 8 has affected 18.3 million people in regions along the Yangtze River, leaving 43 dead and 18 missing, China’s flood control authorities said Monday.

The death toll released by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH) excluded deaths caused by lightning strikes.

A total of 39,000 homes had collapsed, 755,000 people had been evacuated and 974,000 hectares of crops were affected by floods, resulting in direct economic losses of 10.6 billion yuan ($1.57 billion), according to the SFDH.

More than 4,200 people in Anhui province have been evacuated after the dikes of a river suffered breaches, the local government said on Sunday.

Throughout the province, the heavy rain has impacted the lives of almost 2.5 million people, said Cai Zhengzhong, spokesman for Anhui provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

(Kuming, China) Rain-triggered landslides left 17 people dead and 44 missing in southwest China’s Yunnan and Sichuan provinces Tuesday, local authorities said.

In Yunnan, four people were killed and 42 others went missing after landslides and floods hit Xiaohe Township, Qiaojia County, Zhaotong City, early Tuesday.

As of noon, 53 people had been injured in the disaster.

The provincial government has sent a relief team and relief supplies to Zhaotong.

The relief supplies include 200 tents, 1,000 quilts and 1,000 sets of clothing.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has also sent a work team to help with the relief effort.

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