Typhoon Soulik hits Taiwan and China

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Torrential rains, floods and landslides have left more than two hundred people dead or missing in western China. The Himalaya Mountains in Sichuan province was the hardest hit by flooding in 50 years. The downpour triggered a landslide in a hillside resort outside the city. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Sichuan. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and transportation brought to a virtual standstill in hard-hit areas. The Ministry of Civil Affairs says more than two million people have been affected by flooding this week. Also, casualties have been recorded in the northern provinces of Shaanxi and Ningxia, and even in the central provinces of Henan and Hubei. Experts say bad weather will certainly affect this year's harvest. Imports of wheat, for example, are already on target to be the most in 9 years. The government has taken the unusual step of halting its domestic stockpiling program, considered essential for national security, in an effort to contain rising prices. Yet, the government can take comfort in the fact that there won't be drought like the one afflicted the country's north in 2011. Too little rain has always been a much bigger worry for China's leaders than too much of it. On the Yangtze River, the government has raised its flood alert status. Downpours are expected in the waterway's middle and lower reaches over the weekend. http://www.presstv.ir/

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