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Report: China Floods Kill 11 People

July 30, 2002

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BEIJING (AP) _ Heavy rains in the last week have caused severe flooding in northwest China, killing 11 people and leaving 2,300 homeless, state media reported Tuesday.

The rains drenched the Xinjiang region from July 21 to July 28, Xinhua News Agency said, citing officials.

In Baicheng county, 11 people were killed and 19 miles of dikes were destroyed, causing $2 million in damage, the officials said. Jeminay county has been flooded four times in the past week, with waters reaching more than 3 feet in some places, officials said.

Nearly 3,000 houses collapsed during the floods, affecting nearly 10,000 residents and leaving 2,300 homeless, Xinhua reported.

According to the news agency, the water has reached dangerous levels in 20 rivers in Xinjiang _ record highs for seven of them.

The typically dry region mainly relies on melted snow and glaciers for water. It has few major engineering projects to regulate water levels since it rarely experiences such heavy rainfall, Xinhua said.

Storms and flooding this summer have killed more than 800 people and battered agriculture, transportation, power grids and other infrastructure, causing about $3.6 billion in damage, state media has reported.

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