Typhoon Haiyan has flooded over 1,200 villages in Qionghai City in south China's Hainan Province, affecting about 180,000 people, said local authorities on Tuesday.

As of Sunday evening, rainstorms brought by Haiyan had raised the water level in the Wanquanhe River Qionghai and caused a flooding disaster, said the Qionghai Municipal Flood, Drought and Typhoon Prevention Department.

In the worst-hit Shibi Township of Qionghai, about 3,500 villagers in 20 villages have been isolated as floods cut road traffic. Economic losses have been estimated at about 140 million yuan (22.98 million U.S. dollars).

Local government authorities are managing to send rescue teams and relief goods into the isolated villages.

Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in the world so far this year, has left at least six people dead in the province.

 
SOURCE: xinhuanet.com
   
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