China’s Zhejiang Province was hit hard by Typhoon Fitow. In northern Zhejiang, a large area of farmland was destroyed by heavy rain. Due to the heavy rainfall, the water level in the reservoir and river rose rapidly. The dike was saturated by the high water level for a lengthy time, endangering parts of the embankment.
According to preliminary statistics from the Zhejiang Flood Control Office, as of 10am on Oct 8, in the province’s 11 cities, 75 counties (cities, districts) and 914 townships (towns, streets), 707.3 million people were affected. Authorities said that six people died, four people were missing and 9,500 houses collapsed. The flood caused a direct economic loss of 12.4 billion yuan (US$2.03 billion).
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