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May 26, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Floods in Southern China Kill 115

Torrential rain over southern China has caused massive floods that have killed 115 people with 21 still missing. 685,000 people have been evacuated across southern China due to the flooding and emergency rescue teams have been dispatched across the area to help those in need. According to a statement on the Ministry of Civil Affairs website, the floods have caused $2.2 billion in damages.

Southern China Provinces. Image: Wikipedia

The floods hit 13 provinces, including Guangdong, Sichuan and Zhejiang, damaged more than 80,000 homes and affected more than 10 million people, said a statement posted on the State Flood Control and Disaster Relief Headquarters website.

Damage done by the recent floods in southern China. Image: The Nation

Climatologically speaking, China’s rainy season officially began this month. It’s interesting to note that the recent floods followed one of the worst droughts in a century for southern China’s Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi regions. The drought affected 61 million people and left millions without drinking water. Southern China has gone from one extreme to another over the past month and even though they needed the rain, they certainly didn’t need it all at one time.

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