Heavy rain leaves 87 dead, 16M homeless in China

  • 23/07/2016
A woman cries as she holds body of a dead pig at a flooded farm in Xiaogan (Reuters)
A woman cries as she holds body of a dead pig at a flooded farm in Xiaogan (Reuters)

Torrential rainfall in China has killed at least 87 people and forced 16 million from their homes.

Most of the dead and missing were in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department.

Nearly 50,000 homes have collapsed in the province, it said.

In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 7.2 million people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses.

Large parts of China have been inundated with rain this summer, killing hundreds of people.

More than 1.5 million hectares of crops have been damaged, leading to direct economic losses of more than 20 billion yuan, the government has said.

The central bank on Friday issued a statement saying it would provide financial support for flooded areas.

AAP