Floods kill 21 as emergency level raised (2)

09:54, June 08, 2011      

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Soldiers clear the ground of a flood-stricken school in Wangmo County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 7, 2011. Rain-triggered floods hit Wangmo County on Monday. About 6,000 students from four schools had to stay at home Tuesday as their schools were rendered inaccessible by water. (Xinhua/Shi Xinrong)

In Hunan province, floods, caused by heavy rain since the start of June, affected about 1.38 million people in five cities and autonomous prefectures.

The economic cost was estimated at 587 million yuan, a report released on Tuesday by the provincial drought relief and flood control office said.

The National Meteorological Center forecast that rain would continue in the drought-afflicted middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River for the next week, which may lead to severe flooding.

Torrential downpours are also expected to hit the eastern provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangxi.

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