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article imageMillions struggle against flooding and landslides across Asia

By Leo Reyes     Aug 8, 2010 in Environment
Millions of people across Asia are struggling to cope with the devastating effects of flooding and landslides. China and Pakistan have been severely hit due to continued heavy rainfall during the past few days.
In northwestern China, at least 127 people reportedly died Sunday as severe flooding hit their communities while in Pakistan, at least four million people face severe shortage of food as supplies could not reach them due to submerged roads and basic infrastructure.
Landslides occurring after heavy rains lashed China late Saturday, causing the Bailong River to burst its banks, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the head of Zhouqu county, Diemujiangteng, as saying.
In China's Gansu province, at least 2,000 people were reported missing as debris blocked rivers causing severe flooding in the affected communities.
Landslides and flooding have devastated areas near riverbanks across many parts of China due to overflowing of rivers which were blocked by debris caused by continued heavy rainfall.
China Central Television said 45,000 people had been evacuated, but the region's remote, mountainous location was hampering the emergency response. Narrow roads prevented the movement of heavy equipment, forcing rescuers to rely on shovels, picks and buckets.
Around China, the country's worst flooding in a decade has killed more than 1,100 people this year, with more than 600 still missing. The floods have caused tens of billions of dollars in damage across 28 provinces and regions.
In Pakistan, at least 1,500 people have been killed and millions have been left homeless as the people suffered from the worst flooding in the country's history.
Punjab, the breadbasket of Pakistan, over one million acres of crops were destroyed due to overflowing of water due to severe flooding of the waterways.
In other parts of Asia, landslides and flooding have been a common occurrence the past few days. In North Korea, state media said 36,700 acres (14,850 hectares) of farmland were submerged and 5,500 homes destroyed or flooded after recent heavy rains.
In Singapore, a series of flash floods that first occurred June 16 have caused considerable damage to properties of residents of low-lying areas of Singapore late last month.
Shops and residential houses along Orchard Road were partly submerged Saturday due to flash floods caused by heavy rainfall.
In the Philippines, a rain-filled typhoon code named 'Ondoy' left Metro Manila Philippines late last year with 243 people dead and thousands homeless as a large part of metro Manila were submerged in floodwater more than three days after the typhoon left the country.
In Myanmar, Indonesia and other parts of Asia, floods and landslides have been common occurrences though not as devastating as the floods and landslides that hit China and Pakistan.
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