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06GUANGZHOU17359
2006-06-12 08:44:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Consulate Guangzhou
Cable title:  

FLOODS KILL DOZENS IN SOUTH CHINA, FORCE HUNDREDS

Tags:   EAID  CASC  ECON  PGOV  KLTN  SENV  CH 
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RR RUEHCN RUEHGH
DE RUEHGZ #7359 1630844
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 120844Z JUN 06
FM AMCONSUL GUANGZHOU
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0697
INFO RUEHOO/CHINA POSTS COLLECTIVE
						UNCLAS GUANGZHOU 017359 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR USAID/OFDA/WASHINGTON for DCHA/OFDA
BANGKOK for USAID

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID CASC ECON PGOV KLTN SENV CH
SUBJECT: FLOODS KILL DOZENS IN SOUTH CHINA, FORCE HUNDREDS
OF THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE




1. (U) Summary. Flooding in Fujian and Guangdong has killed
55 people and forced 472,000 to evacuate. In Fujian, the
hardest hit province, one source claims 41 people have died,
while more than 356,000 have been evacuated. Economic
losses in Fujian already near USD 30 billion. Meanwhile, no
relief is in sight, as meteorologists expect more rains to
lash Fujian. There are no reports of affected AmCits. End
summary.



2. (U) Heavy rains in Fujian and Guangdong provinces have
caused some of the worst flooding in three decades. The
flooding has affected at least three million residents
across the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong and Guizhou. At
least 55 people have been killed, 12 people are missing and
a further 472,000 people have been evacuated.

Fujian takes the biggest hit


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3. (U) Fujian province is the hardest hit, although casualty
statistics vary. One source claims 41 people had died in
Fujian, while another report lists only 25 dead. Some
356,200 people have been evacuated, and estimated economic
losses in the province reach at least RMB 3.15 billion (more
than USD 29 billion). Local officials stated that
approximately 100,000 hectares of farmland are under water,
28,400 buildings have collapsed and more than 700 mining
operations have been suspended.



4. (U) According to the local press, more than 7,000
soldiers and policemen have been sent to assist with
evacuations, rescues and flood control. Meanwhile, the
provincial and municipal governments in the affected regions
have allocated a total of RMB 5.5 million (USD 687,500) to a
disaster relief fund.



5. (U) Officials warned that no relief appears to be in
sight for the storm-battered provinces. In Fujian, the
Provincial Meteorological Bureau states that more heavy
rainstorms are expected throughout June, and they expect a
20 percent higher rainfall than June of last year.



6. (U) According to officials at the Meizhou and Fujian
Foreign Affairs Offices, no Americans have been affected by
the storms. To the best of their knowledge, all casualties
were local. Officials promised to notify ConGen Guangzhou
if they received any information of Americans among the
victims.

DONG