5 killed, thousands stranded as heavy rain lashes south China

5 killed, thousands stranded as heavy rain lashes south China

A man wades through floodwater in Rongan, Guangxi after heavy rains on Jun 9, 2019
A man wades through floodwater in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region after heavy rains hit the area on Jun 9, 2019. (Photo: AFP/STR)

SHANGHAI: Thousands of people have been stranded and at least five killed amid torrential rain throughout central and southern China, with authorities bracing themselves for at least another four days of downpours, state media reported on Tuesday (Jun 11).

The official China Daily said floods had wiped out 10,800 hectares of crops and destroyed hundreds of houses in the Jiangxi province by Monday, with a total of 1.4 million people affected and direct economic losses amounting to 2.65 billion yuan (US$382 million).

In the region of Guangxi in the southwest, 20,000 households had their power cut and roads, bridges and other infrastructure were severely damaged, the China Daily said.

Rainfall in Jiangxi reached as much as 688ml, according to a notice by China's meteorological administration. It said rain in parts of Jiangxi and Hunan had hit record highs for June.

The administration said rainstorms were expected to spread to Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan and Taiwan by Thursday. It also warned authorities to be on their guard against severe thunderstorms and the possibility of small rivers bursting their banks in coming days.

Source: Reuters

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