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South China rainstorm: 26 dead, 337,000 evacuated

At least 26 people died and around 337,000 people have been evacuated after storms brought torrential rain and flash floods to much of southern China, Xinhua reported.

Eleven people died in Hunan, five in Jiangxi and four in Fujian. Guizhou, Guangxi and Chongqing each reported two deaths.

Flash floods and landslides have toppled more than 8,700 houses, damaged another 66,000 homes causing direct economic losses of 4.08 billion yuan (653 million U.S. dollars).

China’s central meteorological authority has issued a blue alert in multiple areas and more heavy rain is expected in large areas of southern China today.

Emergency response teams and relief materials have been sent to the disaster-hit regions, Xinhua mentioned.

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Photo shows a bridge destroyed by rain-triggered floods at Liming Village in Fuzhou City, east China's Jiangxi province (Source: Xinhua/Wan Limin).

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 23, 2014

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