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Floods in China leave 24 dead, 40 hurt
The file photo shows flooding in China
The file photo shows flooding in China's northwest Gansu province.
Fri May 11, 2012 6:37AM
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At least 24 people have been killed and 40 others injured after torrential rains struck the Minxian county in China's northwestern Gansu province.

Local officials said Friday that 33 people remain missing in the ensuing floods, Xinhua reported.

The one-hour stormy weather wreaked havoc in 17 of Minxian county's 18 townships and villages.

Several homes, hospitals, and schools have been damaged in the incident.

The inundations also cut power supplies in six townships and disrupted traffic on two interprovincial highways.

Almost 2,000 people were evacuated following the storm for safety considerations.

Meanwhile, more than 1.2 million people in central China's Hunan province have been affected by storms and hail that have wreaked havoc since Tuesday.

The Hunan provincial meteorological center said more rains will hit the province Friday.

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