South China city hit by heav­i­est rain in 2 cen­turies

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An ex­tremely rare round of tor­ren­tial rain­fall that hap­pened once in more than 200 years hit a city in south China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day.

Xinyi, a small, county-level city in Maom­ing, saw 429.5 mil­lime­tres of rain­fall in just six hours, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial flood con­trol and drought re­lief head­quar­ters. Eight peo­ple died and four oth­ers were re­port­edly miss­ing in Xinyi.

The pro­vin­cial civil af­fairs de­part­ment has de­clared the sec­ond high­est state of emer­gency and dis­patched work­ing teams to Xinyi.

Re­lief sup­plies in­clud­ing 200 tents and 10 tonnes of rice have been sent to the dis­as­ter-hit ar­eas. The rain­storm abated on Satur­day af­ter­noon and stopped in the evening. But lo­cal au­thor­i­ties still warned of ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters in moun­tain­ous ar­eas.

Ae­rial shot shows flood wa­ters through Maom­ing, south China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince.

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