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Thursday, July 06, 2006

China is having really bad weather. Please pray for the protection of Sarah and the other children. Last year I read about at least one orphanage that got flooded. Nanjing is right on a river. Her area is being badly hit!

Tornado, rains kill at least 30 in China

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press WriterThu Jul 6, 6:43 AM ET

Torrential rains and a tornado killed at least 30 people as storms battered eastern China this week, with millions more affected by flooding and other storm damage, state media and officials said Thursday.

Twenty-seven people were reported dead in Jiangsu province(this is Sarah's province) west of Shanghai, and about 40,000 were evacuated, said Li Qiubao, an official of the Jiangsu Civil Affairs Bureau. Newspapers showed residents using makeshift rafts to ferry through flooded streets.

A tornado also smashed through the town of Dafeng in Jiangsu, killing three people, the official newspaper China Daily reported....

China suffers hundreds of rain deaths every summer. The impact of flooding has been worsened by heavy farming and tree-cutting that has left cleared hillsides unable to trap rain. Major cities are shielded by flood dikes but small towns, especially in mountainous areas, are vulnerable to deadly flash floods.

China is expected to suffer from more typhoons than usual this year due to an unusually warm current off its Pacific and high temperatures over the Tibetan plateau.