South China Flooding Death Toll Rises to 49; at Least 14 Missing

Sean Breslin
Published: June 12, 2019

At least 49 people have died in heavy rain and flooding that struck southern China over the past week.

Fourteen others remain missing in the region, the Associated Press also reported Wednesday. A statement from China's disaster reduction committee estimated $1.4 billion in direct economic losses from the storms and flooding.

One of the hardest hit areas was the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where a week of heavy rain led to flooding that killed at least 17 and impacted nearly 600,000 residents, the Xinhua News Agency said. To the east, 13 deaths were confirmed in one city in Guangdong province, the report added.

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Citing Xinhua, the Associated Press reported another 88,000 people were evacuated in Jiangxi province because of the storms. In total, more than 7,000 homes were destroyed in the flooding and more than 4.5 million people were impacted in eight provinces, according to the AP.

Emergency supplies, including bamboo mats and cotton quilts, were being delivered to the affected areas in southern China, the AP also said.

Guangxi, Jiangxi and Guangdong have a combined population of more than 200 million.

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