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Southern China faces severe flooding and landslides kill at least nine people

Southern China faces severe flooding and landslides kill at least nine people

BEIJING – Southern China was hit by heavy rains on Tuesday that caused landslides, killing at least nine people, knocking out entire villages and burying crops.

Meanwhile, northern parts of the country are experiencing drought as the country experiences two extremes of severe weather.

Four people were killed and two others went missing in Wuping county in coastal Fujian province due to landslides caused by heavy rain. Heavy rain showers began on Sunday afternoon, with authorities measuring 372.4 millimeters (14.7 in) of rain over a 24-hour period.

At least 378 houses in the province have collapsed and 880 hectares of crops have been damaged, resulting in economic losses of at least 415 million yuan ($57.2 million) in Wuping, authorities said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

In the southern province of Guangdong, bordering Hong Kong, at least five people were killed in landslides caused by severe flooding in the city of Meizhou. Fifteen others were missing, according to local media reports.

More than 130,000 households in Meizhou suffered power outages, while some neighboring cities and towns were out of contact as of Monday.

According to local authorities, three helicopters and more than 200 rescue teams were searching for survivors and providing aid to the affected areas.

More than 11,000 people were forced to move after the Hanjiang River in South China’s Pearl River Basin flooded, drowning fields and submerging homes.

In the southwestern province of Guizhou, more than 1,100 people were evacuated due to flooding in several provinces.

Meanwhile, much of northern China, including the capital Beijing, has experienced high temperatures in recent days. However, rain is expected in drought-affected areas over the next 10 days, according to China’s National Weather Bureau.

Floods caused by disasters last month left several dead and missing in 17 provinces across China, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.