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China hit by worst rains in years


Rescuers help stranded people in Hainan province, China
Rescuers help stranded people in Hainan province, China

Rayna Taylor, staff writer

October 8, 2010 — Southern China has been hit by the worst rainstorms in over 50 years. Hundreds of villages are flooded and thousands of people have been forced out of their homes.

People trudge through flooded streets in Hainan province, China
People trudge through flooded streets in Hainan province, China

The worst rainstorms in more than 50 years have devastated the southern China province, Hainan.

More than 700 villages have been overwhelmed by rushing floodwaters and over 130,000 people have been forced from their homes. Meanwhile, rising waters have cut off more that a dozen roads and swallowed up hectares of farmland.

The region has been pounded by torrential downpours for at least a week now. State media is reporting that these are the heaviest rains on record since 1961. Some parts of the island province have received an average of 324.7 mm of rainfall.

Parts of Hainan province, China completely submerged
Parts of Hainan province, China completely submerged

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