Over 210,000 affected by torrential rains in China’s Chongqing

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CHONGQING, June 29 (Xinhua) — More than 210,000 people have been affected by heavy rainfalls in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality since June 26, the municipal flood control and drought relief headquarters said Monday.

The municipal hydrological monitoring authorities said heavy downpours battered parts of the city on Sunday and Monday, leading to flooding in several rivers across the city. The water levels of these rivers have since fallen below warning levels.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, heavy rainfall had hit a total of 267 towns across 25 districts and counties in Chongqing, affecting 218,953 residents. More than 4,700 people had been relocated.

Rainstorms also damaged nearly 8,600 hectares of crops, toppled 370 houses and damaged 3,490 houses, leading to a direct economic loss of 370 million yuan (about 52.29 million U.S. dollars).

The municipal flood control and drought relief headquarters activated an emergency response on Sunday, requiring enhanced patrols in key areas including water conservancy projects, hydropower stations, tourist attractions and underground spaces, and intensified assistance to vulnerable groups. Enditem

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