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More rain expected for flood-hit areas in China

world Updated: Jun 24, 2010 11:25 IST

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More heavy rain is forecast for southern China, already struggling with widespread flooding that has killed more than 200 and caused $6.4 billion in damages.

Torrential rains are expected for the southern regions of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, and Guangxi in the next two days, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday, threatening to hamper rescue efforts that have evacuated 2.4 million people.

State-run China Central Television showed paramilitary personnel stacking sandbags and transporting people to dry land on its noon news show. TV footage showed flooded homes and villages under water.

Storms have pounded southern China for more than a week, killing at least 211 people, with more than 100 missing, as landslides have cut off transportation and rivers and reservoirs have overflowed, Xinhua said.

In Jiangxi province, the Fuhe River breached its banks on Wednesday, two days after a dike on another portion of the river burst, forcing the evacuation of 100,000 people.

China sustains major flooding annually along the mighty Yangtze and other major rivers, but this year's floods have been especially heavy, spreading across nine provinces and regions in the south and along the eastern coast.