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Deadly Floods Force Mass Evacuations in China

Posted by feww on May 26, 2014

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Tens of thousands left homeless amid deadly flooding in SE China’s Jiangxi province

Deadly floods and landslides in Jiangxi Province in the east, Guangdong and Hunan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south, southwestern Guizhou Province, and Fujian Province in the southeast have left dozens of people dead or missing, affecting at least a million other, and leaving more than 100,000 homeless.

“Since Wednesday, rainstorms in Guangdong have left 15 dead and five missing and affected 800,000 people, with accumulative precipitation of 628 mm in Shanwei City. Sixteen national or provincial highways were closed because of the downpours,” said a report.

“Once-in-a-hundred-year” floods in Guangdong destroyed 1,143 houses, forcing the evacuations of at least 21,000, and affecting 140,000 others.

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Deadly floods plague west, south and east China provinces. Photo shows flooding in Zhuting Village of Yichun City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, May 25, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Hefeng)

“Downpours also swept southwestern Guizhou Province, as well as Hunan and Jiangxi provinces in southern China,” said the report.

In Jiangxi province, 565,900 residents in Pingxiang City were affected by floods as of Sunday and 97,100 were evacuated.

In Hunan province, at least three people were killed in Shaodong County as of Sunday; more than 320,000 were affected by the floods and 24,000 were evacuated.

Shaodong floods also destroyed about 1,700 hectares of crops and 3.2 km of highways; 400,000 people in six cities were affected and 16,000 displaced; at least 520 houses collapsed, said the Hunan Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

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