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Flooding in central China kills 41

Associated Press / June 11, 2011

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BEIJING — More flooding across central China has killed 41 people, state media reported yesterday, bringing the total killed in seasonal flooding this year to at least 95.

Torrential rains from Thursday night until early yesterday triggered floods and landslides that toppled homes and destroyed river embankments in Hubei Province, killing 22 people and leaving five others missing, Xinhua News Agency said.

A total of 111,000 people from the cities of Xiangyang, Huanggang, and Xianning were relocated to safer places, Xinhua reported. The cities of Yueyang and Changde in Hunan province reported 19 deaths and 28 people missing following landslides early yesterday.

In Xianning’s submerged Tongcheng county, more than 11.8 inches of rainfall fell within four hours, a record volume, while flood waters in its low-lying areas were more than 6 feet deep, Xinhua reported.

Flooding also wreaked havoc in southeast China. In Jiangxi province’s Xiushui county, about 26,000 people were evacuated after their homes were hit by torrential rains early yesterday.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm may become the first to land in China this year, local meteorological authorities said yesterday. Tropical Storm Sarika was about 330 miles south of the city of Shantou in southern Guangdong province and was predicted to make landfall in Guangdong or nearby Fujian Province today.

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