GUIYANG, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 180,000 people from 52 county-level regions in southwest China's Guizhou Province were affected by floods as the province has been hit by torrential rains since Sept. 9, according to a Friday working conference on flood control and disaster rehabilitation.
Meteorological data show that Guizhou has witnessed three regional rainstorms since September, with an average precipitation of 236.3 mm and over 400 mm in some areas, a period with the highest rainfall in history since 1961.
Guizhou has set up 40 temporary relocation sites for the affected residents, the provincial department of emergency management said.
A total of 1,504 houses have collapsed or were severely damaged, and 44,791 houses needed repair across the province.
Guizhou requires the restoration and reconstruction of the houses, as well as the resettlement of residents whose houses can not be rebuilt, to be completed by the end of the year. Enditem