16 dead, 10 missing after flood hits south China

By on July 4, 2017

NANNING — Rain-triggered floods have killed 16 people and left 10 missing in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said Monday.

Heavy rain started to pound parts of Guangxi on Saturday, forcing the relocation of 91,600 residents as of 2:30 p.m. Monday, according to the regional civil affairs department.

The disaster wreaked havoc on the lives of 1.05 million people, inflicting direct economic losses worth nearly 2.9 billion yuan (USD428 million).

More than 600 family homes collapsed in the rain, and 6,500 were damaged.

In the worst-hit Quanzhou county, eight people were confirmed dead and nine missing, with another 34 injured, according to the county’s publicity department.

On Sunday, China’s flood control authority said water levels in more than 60 rivers in southern China were above the warning levels due to sustained rainfalls in recent days.

The National Meteorological Center forecast that rainstorms will hit Guangxi and Hunan from Sunday night to Monday night with precipitation up to 110 millimeters. (Xinhua)