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China Sends Supplies to Flooded Area   07/25 08:22

   Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed into a Chinese city at the 
center of flooding that killed at least 63 people, while soldiers laid sandbags 
to fill gaps in river dikes that left neighborhoods under water.

   XINXIANG, China (AP) -- Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed 
into a Chinese city at the center of flooding that killed at least 63 people, 
while soldiers laid sandbags to fill gaps in river dikes that left 
neighborhoods under water.

   Residents cleared away mud, wrecked cars and other debris after record rains 
that started Tuesday and flooded streets and disrupted train service. The rains 
subsided earlier in the week but some neighborhoods still were waiting for 
water up to two meters (six feet) deep to drain.

   On Sunday, the provincial government raised the death toll to 63, with five 
people missing, state TV reported. It said 8,876 homes collapsed.

   Trucks dropped off instant noodles and other goods at a stadium in Xinxiang, 
40 miles (65 kilometers) north of the metropolis of Zhengzhou in Henan 
province. Volunteers shifted pallets of drinking water stacked higher than 
their heads onto other trucks for distribution.

   The volunteers occasionally broke into cheers of, "Go, Xinxiang!"

   "My tears came down when we were welcoming the vehicles one by one and 
shouting 'Good work! You've done a great job!'" said a 45-year-old volunteer. 
She would give only her surname, Zhang.

   Zhang said she had to walk down 15 floors from her apartment after the 
flooding knocked out power.

   Direct economic losses throughout Henan were estimated at 13.9 billion yuan 
($2 billion), according to the official Xinhua News Agency. It said a total of 
more than 3,800 houses collapsed across the province and 920,000 people were 
evacuated from their homes.

   Emergency crews were trying to close gaps in flood dikes that flooded 
sections of some villages.

   Soldiers and paramilitary police dumping stones and sandbags into a 
100-meter-long (300-foot-long), eight-meter-deep (25-foot-deep) gap in a gap on 
the Weihe river in Xinxiang, the official newspaper The Global Times reported.

   On Saturday, authorities intentionally had flooded parts of the nearby city 
of Hebi to lower water levels elsewhere, according to the Shanghai online news 
outlet The Paper.

 
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