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Storms, flash floods kill at least 19 in Guangdong

Posted: 05/17/2013 7:00 am

Nineteen people are dead and fourteen are missing as a result of storms and subsequent flash floods that have swept Guangdong Province over the past 48 hours, according to the provincial government.

An estimated 43,900 people have been affected by the storms and over 36,000 have been displaced. A least 710,000 hectares of farmland has been affected.

Over 1,000 homes are under water and an estimated 300 million yuan-worth of damage has been done. Bear in mind that most of this damage has been done in less developed parts of the province, so entire families will be living with the consequences for generations.

Guangzhou, Shaoguan, Heyuan, Meizhou, Zhaoqing, Qingyuan and Yunfu have all been affected by the floods.

Xinhua has more:

The water levels of some rivers in Guangdong have surpassed warning lines, and an offshoot of the Beijiang River saw the worst flooding in a century, according to the headquarters.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 19 meteorological stations in Guangdong had reported precipitation measuring over 250 mm. Qujiang District, Shaoguan City, saw the highest precipitation, at 339.8 mm.

The Nanfang will continue to bring you the latest developments.


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