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Floods in China. Over one hundred thousand people were evacuated

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In China, the fight against the effects of the downpours that hit the south of the country is ongoing. There were numerous floods and landslides in Guangdong Province. Local authorities said at least four people were killed and 10 remain missing.

Stormy and rainy weather has persisted over China's Guangdong province since last week. Violent downpours caused a series of dangerous floods and landslides. Rescue and search operations have been carried out virtually non-stop in the region since Thursday.

Boats on city streets

According to the provincial authorities, floods and landslides contributed to the death of four people, and 10 are missing. Three deaths were reported in the city of Zhaoqing near Guangzhou, the regional capital. Additionally, a rescuer was killed in the northern city of Shaoguan.

The Xinhua news agency added that so far 110,000 people have had to be evacuated throughout Guangdong, including more than 25,000 urgently.

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On Tuesday, state broadcaster CCTV reported that rescue operations were underway in the city of Yingde and surrounding areas following the overflow of the Bei Jiang River and accompanying landslides. Getting around the city was only possible by boat. On Tuesday, 41 rescue boats were floating on the streets, sent to rescue 38,000 people cut off by the water. Emergency supplies were provided, including food, water and other necessities.

Yingde city area under waterPAP/EPA/XINHUA/Huang Guobao

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