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Flooding in China kills 33 and leaves thousands homeless

04 July 2017

At least 42 people were killed and 21 others reported missing due to torrential rains in southern China, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Tuesday.

About 3,000 armed police have been sent to the flood-fighting front line in Hunan.

Rongshui in southern China's Guangxi region is submerged in floodwaters
Flooding in China kills 33 and leaves thousands homeless

The National Meteorological Center forecast that rainstorms will hit Guangxi and Hunan from Sunday night to Monday night with precipitation up to 110 millimeters. Fourth grader Yang Shan, who lives in downtown Changsha, distributed ropes and filled sandbags for soldiers to carry to the riverbank.

In Hubei, around 16,000 people are on high alert for floodwaters, while in Guangxi 16 people were confirmed dead and 10 are now missing due to flooding.

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Its flow was 27,000 cubic meters per second before July 1, but has now been reduced to 8,000 cubic meters per second, according to the Yangtze River Flood Prevention Headquarters.

About 326,900 people have been involved in flood control work in Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces, with more than 80 percent of those having been dispatched in Hunan, the headquarters said. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in the provincial capital of Chengdu was forced to close down for over an hour on Monday afternoon.

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The mudslide occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday in Zuta Village, Ningxiang County, after continuous heavy rain since Friday, according to the county government. Direct economic damage to the country is estimated to be about 18 billion yuan ($2.65 billion).

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Flooding in China kills 33 and leaves thousands homeless