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Heavy rains wreck havoc in China; dozens killed or missing

Fierce rainstorms and resultant landslides over the past several days have left dozens of people dead or missing in southern and eastern China where flash floods have also wrecked havoc.

Beijing: Fierce rainstorms and resultant
landslides over the past several days have left dozens of
people dead or missing in southern and eastern China where
flash floods have also wrecked havoc.

Thousands others have had to be evacuated from the
affected regions even as Chinese Met officials issued fresh
rainstorm alert today warning that heavy rains would pound the
flood-affected areas.

Dozens of people dead or missing and thousands
evacuated due to heavy rains and floods during the last few
days, state run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Six bodies have been recovered after landslides and
flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, engulfed a bus and a
mini-van on Monday noon at Nanping in eastern Fujian Province
while 18 others remained missing, Huang Xinmin, deputy
secretary-general of the Nanping municipal government said.

"But we are still investigating whether the six dead
were passengers of the two vehicles," he said.

Rescuers found the bus and lifted it from a river
yesterday, but they have not retrieved any bodies from the
vehicle, Huang said.

The search continues for the missing people, he added.
In the province`s Shanghang County, flash floods left
one dead and another missing.

Torrential rains also disrupted railway traffic and
damaged power lines in Fujian, and hundreds of technical
workers have been dispatched to repair the facilities.

In Cangwu, southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,
landslides left two people dead, three injured and 18 others
missing in several villages yesterday.

Almost 150 houses were destroyed and 29,000 villagers
were moved to safer areas, according to the local public
security authorities.

In Kangding, southwestern Sichuan Province, 23 workers
were killed and another seven injured as part of a mountain
collapsed and crushed work sheds at a hydroelectric project
construction site yesterday, according to the local public
emergency command center.

Continuous rainstorms have also battered southern
Guangdong Province, swelling rivers and forcing 800 residents
in low-lying areas to be evacuated, according to the local
flood control headquarters.

In Ganzhou which is neighbouring Guangdong, almost
2,000 people were transported to safer areas as strong rains
caused water in six reservoirs to overflow.

Meanwhile China`s National Meteorological Center (NMC)
issued a rainstorm alert today warning that heavy rains
were expected to pound the flood-affected southern provinces.

Most regions in south China, including provinces of
Guizhou, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Guangdong, and the flood-hit
Fujian, Hunan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, would
experience heavy rain or rainstorms tomorrow, the NMC said.

Rainstorms were forecast for south China also during
the next three days, while regions in Xinjiang region in
northwest China, Inner Mongolia in the north, and northeastern
China would also experience rainfalls, it said.

The observatory warned local authorities in south
China, especially in the flood-battered regions, to get
prepared for possible floods and geological disasters.

China`s Office of State Flood Control and Drought
Relief Headquarters has dispatched work teams to the southern
provinces of Hunan, Fujian and Guangxi and to Xinjiang which
were hit by rains.


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