Date
22 September 2019
Paramilitary personnel rescue stranded villagers at a flooded field in Guilin in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China on June 9. Photo: Reuters
Paramilitary personnel rescue stranded villagers at a flooded field in Guilin in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China on June 9. Photo: Reuters

Thousands stranded, 5 killed, as heavy rain lashes south China

Thousands of people have been stranded and at least five killed amid torrential rain throughout central and southern China, Reuters reports, citing Chinese state media.

Authorities are bracing themselves for at least another four days of downpours, the report said.

According to China Daily, floods had wiped out 10,800 hectares of crops and destroyed hundreds of houses in the Jiangxi province by Monday.

A total of 1.4 million people were said to be affected by the floods, with direct economic losses amounting to 2.65 billion yuan (US$382.4 million).

In the region of Guangxi in the southwest, 20,000 households had their power cut, while roads, bridges and other infrastructure were severely damaged.

Rainfall in Jiangxi reached as much as 688 millimeters, according to a notice by China’s meteorological administration. It said rain in parts of Jiangxi and Hunan had hit record highs for June.

The administration said rainstorms are expected to spread to Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan and Taiwan by Thursday.

It warned authorities to be on their guard against severe thunderstorms and the possibility of small rivers bursting their banks in coming days.

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