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13 dead, 13 missing in central China floods

Heavy rains and flooding struck Sichuan, Guizhou and Hunan provinces starting Sunday, causing widespread damage, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Heavy rains and flooding struck Sichuan, Guizhou and Hunan provinces starting Sunday, causing widespread damage, the Xinhua News Agency reported. (Source: Google maps)

Flooding in three central Chinese provinces has left at least 13 people dead and 13 others missing and disrupted the lives of nearly 1 million people, state media reported Thursday.

Heavy rains and flooding struck Sichuan, Guizhou and Hunan provinces starting Sunday, causing widespread damage, the Xinhua News Agency reported. Worst-hit was Sichuan’s Xuyong county, where mud and debris filled streets up to the second floor of some buildings and about half a million people were affected.

Mudslides also destroyed dozens of homes and cut power and communications to the area, which lies in a flood plain at the base of steep mountains.

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Two other people were killed in Guizhou, where thousands were moved to safety and more than 222,000 experienced other disruptions, including damage to housing and crops.

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More than 150,000 were affected and almost 10,000 evacuated in Hunan, Xinhua said.

Seasonal flooding is a major problem in many parts of the vast country. The worst floods in recent history struck in 1998, killing 4,150 people, most of them along the Yangtze River, China’s mightiest.

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