Rain Threatens Aid to China's Quake-Hit areas

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, residents use rafts to sail through flooded streets in Yangshuo County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Friday, June 13, 2008. Heavy rains in southern China triggered floods that killed six people and forced the evacuation of 150,000 residents, state media reported Saturday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Cheng Ruihua)
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Beijing (AP) a Red Cross official warns that the delivery of aid to earthquake victims could be hindered during China's peak rainy season, which has begun.

Severe floods in the country's southeast this week have already killed dozens of people.

Medium to heavy rain is forecast in the next few days for the area hit hardest by the magnitude 7.9 quake that struck May 12th. The quake killed almost 70,000 people and left 5 million homeless.

Hundreds of tent communities have sprung up and some of the temporary shelters do not have adequate drainage. Many are also situated in flat plains below mountains at risk of flooding.

The China daily newspaper also quotes an official as saying that as summer approaches, the threat of infectious diseases increases.