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The land collapsed, eight people were killed

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A landslide occurred in a mountainous region in Hunan Province in central China. Eight people died, state media reported. Earlier on Sunday, one person was reported dead in another village in this prefecture.

The ground collapsed in the village of Yushi, four houses collapsed, it occurred on Sunday at 4.30 a.m. local time (10.30 p.m. on Saturday in Poland). As CCTV reported, eight people were confirmed dead. The remaining residents were moved to a safe place.

On Sunday, state media also reported at noon one death and the search for one person in the village of Wuqiangxi, where unusually heavy rainfall occurred on Friday and Saturday. During this time, 399.1 liters of rain fell per square meter, breaking the record for daily rainfall.

Landslide in Yushi villagePAP/EPA/XINHUA/Chen Zhenhai

Heavy rainfall recorded in the southern and southeastern regions of the country since June 9 caused extensive floods and numerous landslides. In Guangdong province, the disaster led to the death of at least 47 people last week, state media reported on Friday.

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Thunderstorms, downpours and alerts

The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) raised the emergency response level for heavy rain from level three to level two on Sunday. The country has a four-tier system, with the first tier being the highest.

The CMA simultaneously re-issued an orange (second highest) heavy rainfall alert, forecasting downpours in 11 of 22 provinces, mainly in the south and east of the country. Locally, the total rainfall, which may be accompanied by lightning and hail, will amount to 70 l/sq m.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/XINHUA/Chen Zhenhai

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