China floods kill 5 more, as rainstorms impact some 700,000 residents

Government officials said at least 13,000 people had been evacuated, with more than 2,000 homes damaged by the floodwaters in the city.
LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING IN CHINA FORCES 228,000 IN TO SHELTERS; HOUSE SEEN COLLAPSING INTO RIVER
In Guizhou Province, authorities said Saturday that 700,000 people have been affecting by the flooding, including 29,500 people who have been forced to evacuate.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, government workers make an effort to stem a breach in a dike from floodwater in Wuxi County, southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, June 12, 2020.
(Deng Aihua/Xinhua via AP)

Some 6 inches of rain fell in one hour in Zunyi on Friday, according to state media.
Government officials said multiple chapters of roads and three bridges were destroyed in the town in Guizhou province.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, high flood water passes through Wuxi County in southwestern China’s Chongqing on Friday, June 12, 2020.
(Jiang Yan/Xinhua via AP)

Earlier storms a week ago left 13 dead in nearby Hunan province and the Guangxi region.
CHINA FLOODING KILLS AT LEAST SEVEN, MORE HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED
China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said last week about 228,000 people were forced to seek emergency shelter after heavy rains triggered massive flooding.
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According to The Associated Press, seasonal flooding generally causes heavy damage each year in the lower parts of China’s major river systems.

In this June 7, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, facilities at a tourism site are toppled in the aftermath of a flood after heavy downpour in Yangshuo of Guilin, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
(Lu Boan/Xinhua via AP)

Authorities sought to cut back the hardship of annually flooding with the use of dams, specially the massive Three Gorges structure on the Yangtze River.
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China’s worst floods lately were in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly 3 million domiciles were destroyed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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