56 people have been killed as heavy rains lash China

In this Sunday, July 2, 2017 photo, men on an inflatable raft pass by shops submerged by flooding in Liuzhou in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Dozens of people have been killed and more are missing as heavy rains continue to pummel southern China, flooding towns, cutting off power and halting traffic, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Vastavam web: At least 56 people have been killed and 22 others missing as heavy rains left a trail of destruction in 11 Chinese provinces, authorities said today.A total of 27,000 houses were collapsed and 37,000 others damaged in floods, landslides and hailstorms since June 29 in Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.Yesterday, the government allocated 1.88 billion yuan (USD 270 million) to 20 provinces for disaster relief, state- run Xinhua news agency reported.The ministry and China National Commission for Disaster Reduction have sent teams and materials to assist disaster-hit areas in Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan and Guizhou.