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Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in China

(Xinhua)

15:48, June 25, 2012

CHANGSHA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Many parts of China have been hit by torrential rains over the last few days, resulting in the evacuation of millions of people and multiple natural disasters, authorities said Monday.

In east China's Zhejiang province, heavy rains have forced 17,000 people to relocate and affected the lives of more than 350,000 others since June 22, according to the Zhejiang flood control headquarters.

A 12-year-old girl was killed when her house was buried in a landslide that occurred at 6:40 p.m. Saturday in Zhejiang's Songyang county, the headquarters said.

Rains have also battered central China's Hunan province since June 21, killing one person, leaving another missing and affecting the lives of 138,000 others, according to the Hunan flood control headquarters.

A landslide was triggered in Hunan's city of Chenzhou, blocking roads and rivers and stranding 130 tourists, according to the Hunan flood control headquarters.

South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has been hit by downpours since June 21. In the hard-hit city of Hezhou, over 10,000 people have been evacuated and economic losses of 200 million yuan (31.4 million U.S. dollars) have been incurred, according to municipal flood control officials.

One resident of Hezhou has died in a hospital after suffering serious injuries during a landslide, while another was crushed to death during a house collapse, local officials said.

More rain and storms are expected to hit Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui provinces in south China, as well as Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces in the southwest, over the next three days. Precipitation in some areas may total as much as 160 mm, according to the National Meteorological Center.

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