Hundreds of thousands displaced in deadly flooding in Southern and Central China

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At least a dozen people have been killed and more are missing in floods triggered by heavy rain that has battered several cities across southern and eastern China since June 1. Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was said to be the hardest hit.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said as of Tuesday, about 228,000 people were forced to seek emergency shelter after heavy rains triggered massive flooding.

Initial damages were estimated at more than $500 million, including the destruction of more than 1,000 homes.

Downpours in the southern region of Guangxi have been particularly severe, causing much destruction through the autonomous region. At least nine people were killed after heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides, according to local reports.

State media outlet China Daily said that seven people were reported dead in Hunan province.

Authorities have sought to mitigate the hardship through the use of dams, particularly the massive Three Gorges structure on the Yangtze.

Officials said that after the rainstorms, 110 rivers in eight regions swelled to above flood-stage.

By Winnie Troppie

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