China rain, flood death tolls soars to 72
The local government has evacuated nearly 300,000 people
At least 72 people were killed and 78 others are reported to be missing as heavy downpour caused all major rivers to inundate their banks in north China's Hebei Province, authorities said on Saturday.
The local government has evacuated nearly 300,000 people and allocated 105 million yuan (about $15 million) for the worst hit places to help with the relief work.
Jingxing county saw an average precipitation of 545.4 mm in the 19 hours between 1 p.m. on Tuesday till 8 a.m. on Wednesday, surpassing the maximum amount received by the county in 2015, Xinhua news agency reported.
There have been power outages, disruptions to communication and other infrastructure, and road closures across Jingxing.
North and northeast China were also hit by heavy rain this week, causing many casualties and a lot of property damage.