Rainstorm inundates central Chinese cities, strands people

Torrential rain battered central China’s Hubei Province on Wednesday, trapping people and inundating cities.

According to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters, as of Wednesday evening, more than 100 trapped people had been rescued and more than 1,000 evacuated to safer places.

Red alerts for rain were issued on Wednesday in several cities across the province including the capital Wuhan.

Many parts of the city were flooded and precipitation in downtown Wuhan reached 115 millimeters. Public transportation had also been disrupted.

More than 2,600 hectares of farmland were flooded. Eighty-two houses collapsed. The flood caused direct economic losses of 3.55 million U.S. dollars in the province.

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