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China floods: 20 killed; 700 students held up in school

Twenty people were killed and 29 others were reported missing today as landslides and floods hit south China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where 700 students were held up in a school inundated with flood waters.



Beijing: Twenty people were killed and 29
others were reported missing on Wednesday as landslides and floods
hit south China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where 700
students were held up in a school inundated with flood waters.

Three more bodies were recovered today from Guangxi,
where rain-triggered landslides have wrecked havoc, bringing
the death toll to 20, Xinhua news agency reported.
Rescuers are searching for at least 27 people who were
buried in landslides in Wuzhou and Yulin cities, Wang Hai, a
Guangxi province official said.

Heavy rains began to pound Guangxi, triggering
landslides early today.

While seven people were killed in Cenxi County, 13
died in Rongxian County.

Rainstorms had pounded 19 counties of seven cities
forcing evacuations of 66,473 people.

The floods caused direct economic losses of 600
million yuan (USD 87.84 million) and rainstorms damaged 3,260
homes and 103,450 hectares of crops, according to Guangxi`s
Civil Affairs Department.

Two students were reported missing and 700 others were
trapped after schools were flooded in a severe storm in the
same province.

The missing students were from Xingbin District in
Laibin City, a city government spokesman said.

In Xincheng County, about 700 students and staff in
Beigeng Middle School have been trapped by floods caused by
heavy rains.
"The water flooded the campus around 8 p m yesterday.
Now, students are having classes and sleeping in school
buildings and dormitories in higher floors," principal Qin
Shuhai told Xinhua.

Flood waters have submerged the first floor of the
four-storey building and bottled water and food has been
dispatched to the school.

Xie Dayan, the county head, said Beigeng was the
worst-hit township in Xincheng.

The rescuers had been using lifeboats to transfer
people and would use them to send water and food to the
trapped.

In Laibin City, 65 schools were flooded in total.

At the city`s Experimental High School, 1,050 students
and teachers were stranded for hours before they were
evacuated by the fire service.

"I woke up at 3 a m and saw the room was flooded,"
said Wei Yanting, a girl who lived in a first-floor dormitory.

"We all climbed on to the top bunk beds and sat there
watching the water cover the lower ones".
Firemen evacuated the students with small boats in
the waist-deep water.

PTI

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