19-inch rain­fall rais­ing havoc in China

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING — At least 56 peo­ple were killed and an­other 22 peo­ple were re­ported miss­ing as heavy rain con­tin­ues to pum­mel south­ern China, flood­ing towns, cut­ting off power and halt­ing traf­fic, China’s Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs said Tues­day.

As much as 19 inches of rain has fallen on sev­eral cities since Thurs­day, in­clud­ing the scenic re­sort city of Guilin in the Guangxi re­gion, the min­istry said.

More than 11 mil­lion peo­ple in 11 south­ern prov­inces were af­fected by floods, land­slides and hail­storms, the min­istry said. Rivers have bro­ken their banks, in­un­dat­ing sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The min­istry said wa­ter lev­els in ma­jor rivers and lakes in the south­ern prov­ince of Hu­nan have surged to alarm­ing lev­els, and that the col­lapse of lev­ees forced largescale evac­u­a­tions.

Dozens of flights at sev­eral air­ports serv­ing ma­jor cities in the re­gion were can­celed or de­layed, strand­ing thou­sands of trav­el­ers.

Trains also were halted, and roads were cut off to many towns and vil­lages in the re­gion. The na­tional me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­ter fore­cast more rain in south­ern China.

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