42 dead, 21 missing in China rains

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China: According to the information given by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as many as 42 people lost their lives and 21 others went missing due to heavy rains in southern China.

The ministry further stated that the heavy rains have triggered flooding and caused water in more than 60 rivers in the region to raise above the maximum level, with Hunan and Guangxi Zhuang the most affected areas.

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As per the reports, thousands of soldiers, police, civil servants and civilians are fighting the floods in several provinces along the Yangtze River.

The water level at the monitoring station in Hunan’s capital Changsha on the Xiangjiang River, a major tributary of the Yangtze, reached a record high of 39.51 metres, surpassing the previous record of 39.18 metres set by a massive flood in 1998.

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Flooding has destroyed homes, uprooted trees, and damaged vehicles, roads and crops, while thousands of people have been evacuated.