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Rainstorms batter southern China, killing 2


08:57, August 22, 2012

BEIJING - Rainstorms have battered several southern Chinese provinces this week, toppling homes and killing a woman and her granddaughter in Hunan Province.

The woman, 49, was buried together with the child in the rubble of their home that was washed down by flash floods in Shimen county Monday night, the provincial flood relief headquarters in Hunan said in a press release Tuesday.

Shimen county reported over 300 mm of precipitation in the 24 hours from 8 am Monday to 8 am Tuesday, it said.

Incomplete figures showed torrential rain destroyed 106 homes and forced more than 800 people to evacuate in the county, which has a population of 673,500.

The downpour also destroyed roads, swelled 14 reservoirs, disrupted power supplies and caused landslides in many areas in the northwest of Hunan Province, the document said.

Meanwhile, flood prevention authorities in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also warned of floods Tuesday on two swelling tributaries of the Pearl River, the country's third longest waterway after the Yangtze and the Yellow River.

Water levels in the Yujiang and Zuojiang rivers had topped their alarm lines as a result of floods in the upper reaches, the regional flood prevention and drought control headquarters said.

As of 8 pm, the water level in Zuojiang was 1.07 meters above the danger line, while that of Yujiang River was an alarming 41.2 meters higher than the alarm level at one hydrological station near the regional capital, Nanning.

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