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Default Heavy rain in Southern China causes floods, killing 56

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At least 56 people have been killed and another 22 reported missing as
heavy rains continue to pummel southern China, flooding towns, cutting
off power and halting traffic, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said

As much as 48.6 centimeters (19 inches) of rain has been dumped on
several cities since Thursday, including the scenic resort city of
Guilin in the Guangxi region, the ministry said.

More than 11 million people in 11 southern provinces were affected by
floods, landslides and hailstorms, the ministry said. Rivers have broken
their banks, inundating surrounding communities.

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

Dozens of flights at several airports serving major cities in the region
including Chengdu, Changsha, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen were canceled or
delayed, stranding thousands of travelers. Chengdu's airport was shut
down for more than an hour Monday because of rain, forcing 13 incoming
flights to land elsewhere, according to state media reports.

Trains also were halted, and roads were cut off to many towns and
villages in the region. Television footage showed major flooding in
cities, where the lower floors of homes and shops have been submerged.

The national meteorological center forecast more rain to come this week
in southern China.

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