Heavy rain in Southern China causes floods, killing 56

Heavy rain in Southern China causes floods, killing 56

BEIJING – At least 56 people have been killed and 22 others have disappeared as heavy rains continue to pummel in southern China, flood cities, cut power and stop traffic, said Tuesday the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs .

In the Guangxi region, up to 48.6 centimeters (19 inches) of rain was spilled on several cities, including the scenic resort of Guilin in the Guangxi region.

More than 11 million people in 11 southern provinces have been affected by floods, landslides and hail storms, the ministry said.

Rivers broke their banks, flooding the surrounding communities.

The ministry said water levels in major rivers and lakes in the southern province of Hunan have increased to alarming levels and that the collapse of the dikes forced large-scale evacuations.

Dozens of flights to several airports serving the region’s major cities, including Chengdu, Changsha, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have been canceled or delayed, displacing thousands of travelers.

Chengdu airport was closed for more than an hour Monday due to rain, forcing 13 incoming flights to land elsewhere, according to state media reports.

Trains were also stopped, and roads were cut in many towns and villages in the region. Television images showed major floods in cities, where the lower floors of houses and shops were submerged.

The National Meteorological Center is planning more rain ahead this week in southern China.

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