At least 7 dead as rainstorms sweep south, east China

Baku, June 10, AZERTAC

As least seven people were killed and thousands evacuated as torrential downpours unleashed floods and toppled houses in several provinces in south, southwest and east China, according to Xinhua.

The latest round of rainstorm, starting earlier this week, came as over 10 million students from across China took part in the national college entrance exam, and as the traffic system marked a surge in travellers during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday.

The National Meteorological Center on Sunday renewed a yellow alert for rainstorms, predicting heavy rain in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Guangdong provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Some of those regions will see up to 240 mm of rainfall within 24 hours, it said.

In south China's Guangxi, the rainstorm has left at least one dead, four missing and five injured, the region's emergency management department said Sunday.

In the hardest-hit county of Quanzhou, administered by the city of Guilin, heavy rain and floods affected more than 180,000 residents, among whom 8,380 were being evacuated.

A total of 110 reservoirs in Guilin has seen water rise above the alert level.

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