BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain has left 42 people dead and 25 missing in 10 provincial-level regions as of Wednesday morning, according to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA)
More than 460,000 people were relocated and 321,000 are in urgent need of emergency relief after continuous rainfall in the 10 regions in southern part of China including Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei and Sichuan, since June 18, the ministry said.
About 6,800 houses collapsed and many crops were destroyed, leading to an economic loss of 9.67 billion yuan (1.46 bln U.S. dollars), it said.
A river in Poyang County, Jiangxi, breached its banks Monday evening and more than 500 police have been despatched to mend a 100-meter breach in the river defenses. The MCA also launched an emergency mechanism to obtain data via China's remote sensing satellites and monitor the situation.0 The ministry will also use drones and high-definition satellite pictures to monitor and analyze damage to residences, roads and farmland.