Heavy rains lash south China, 18 killed

Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 21:16

Beijing: Eighteen people have been killed and 15 others missing as heavy rain lashed south China, the government said on Thursday.
Rainstorms battered 173 townships, including Guangdong Province`s capital Guangzhou, since on Wednesday, triggering heavy flood and leaving 18 people dead and 15 missing, the Provincial Flood Prevention and Drought Relief Headquarters said.
The water levels of some rivers in Guangdong have surpassed warning lines and an offshoot of the Beijing River saw the worst flooding in a century, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 6.50 lakh people have been affected by the heavy rains and 2,675 houses have been destroyed, it said.


First Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 21:16

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