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144 dead, 26 missing as rain, floods continue on mainland

FLOODS had caused 144 deaths, with 26 still missing, in China this year up to yesterday, figures from the country's Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters showed.

The latest floods have hit the southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where torrential rain and floods starting on June 29 hit 11 cities, leaving three dead and four missing.

A flood crest passed the section of the Xijiang River in Wuzhou, Guangxi. The water level at the Wuzhou hydrological station was 21.85 meters at noon yesterday, 3.85m higher than the crisis level.

Floods have hit 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, resulting in economic losses of 26.76 billion yuan ($US3.9 billion).

Rain continued to wreak havoc in many parts of China on Monday and yesterday.

Nanjing, capital of eastern China's Jiangsu Province, had an average rainfall of 50 millimeters from Monday to yesterday morning, with 136mm falling in some areas, the provincial meteorological station said.

The rain caused traffic jams on five major roads in water as deep as 50 centimeters in downtown Nanjing.

In southwestern China's Guizhou Province, a rain-triggered landslide buried railway lines at Taiciqiao on Monday afternoon, rail authorities said.

The line was expected to resume service late last night.

In Yunnan Province, more than 1,200 people were evacuated after heavy rain hit the central and southern areas.


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