Photos: Unusually heavy rains cause havoc in Southern China

The southern coast of China has been receiving unusually heavy rains this year which have led to widespread and massive flooding in the region. Authorities say more than 200 people have died or gone missing due to floods in China this year. Flooding due to an incessant rain spell in South China has left roads inundated and forced evacuation upon tens of thousands of residents. China's Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) has a four-tier flood control emergency response system. On August 19, the body launched level II, its second highest, emergency response for flood control.

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A flooded area in China's southwestern Chongqing on August 19. Continuous and heavy rains since August 15 have led to floods that have damaged farmland and transport infrastructure in southern China, AFP reported quoting the official Xinhua News Agency. (AFP)

A flooded area in China's southwestern Chongqing on August 19. Continuous and heavy rains since August 15 have led to floods that have damaged farmland and transport infrastructure in southern China, AFP reported quoting the official Xinhua News Agency. (AFP)

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Rescuers evacuate residents on a flooded street in China’s southwestern Chongqing on August 19. Xinhua also issued a warning on August 19 that the floodwaters were expected to hit the downstream metropolis of Chongqing later this week. However, unusual rainfall patterns have fast-tracked the flooding. (AFP)

Rescuers evacuate residents on a flooded street in China’s southwestern Chongqing on August 19. Xinhua also issued a warning on August 19 that the floodwaters were expected to hit the downstream metropolis of Chongqing later this week. However, unusual rainfall patterns have fast-tracked the flooding. (AFP)

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Security officials keep watch by a blocked-off alley due to floods in China's southwestern Chongqing on August 19. Floods in mountainous southwest China have washed away roads and forced tens of thousands from their homes, with authorities warning on August 19 the giant Three Gorges Dam was facing the largest flood peak in its history. (AFP)

Security officials keep watch by a blocked-off alley due to floods in China's southwestern Chongqing on August 19. Floods in mountainous southwest China have washed away roads and forced tens of thousands from their homes, with authorities warning on August 19 the giant Three Gorges Dam was facing the largest flood peak in its history. (AFP)

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Shop owners clean up items as they stand in waters following heavy rainfall in Xiaogu Village of Sichuan province on August 19. Continuous rainfall has engulfed streets and displaced residents in the Sichuan province, with soldiers evacuating tens of thousands of people from rising floods. (Cnsphoto via REUTERS)

Shop owners clean up items as they stand in waters following heavy rainfall in Xiaogu Village of Sichuan province on August 19. Continuous rainfall has engulfed streets and displaced residents in the Sichuan province, with soldiers evacuating tens of thousands of people from rising floods. (Cnsphoto via REUTERS)

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Rescuers evacuate residents using a loader in a flooded area in Leshan on August 18. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit cities of Ya’an and Leshan, AFP reported citing Xinhua News Agency. (AFP)

Rescuers evacuate residents using a loader in a flooded area in Leshan on August 18. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit cities of Ya’an and Leshan, AFP reported citing Xinhua News Agency. (AFP)

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Community workers and volunteers deliver food and supplies to flood-affected residents in Neijiang region of Sichuan province on August 19. (AFP)

Community workers and volunteers deliver food and supplies to flood-affected residents in Neijiang region of Sichuan province on August 19. (AFP)

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The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River discharges water to lower the water level in the reservoir following near maximum reservoir levels, in Yichang on August 17. Flooding has left more than 200 people dead or missing in China this year and caused $26 billion worth of damage and left 63 million people affected, Reuters reported. (China Daily via REUTERS)

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River discharges water to lower the water level in the reservoir following near maximum reservoir levels, in Yichang on August 17. Flooding has left more than 200 people dead or missing in China this year and caused $26 billion worth of damage and left 63 million people affected, Reuters reported. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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Police officers stand guard along the swollen Tuojiang River following heavy rain in Neijiang region of Sichuan province on August 19. According to a PTI report, China’s Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) has a four-tier flood control emergency response system. On August 19, the body launched level II, its second highest, emergency response for flood control. (AFP)

Police officers stand guard along the swollen Tuojiang River following heavy rain in Neijiang region of Sichuan province on August 19. According to a PTI report, China’s Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) has a four-tier flood control emergency response system. On August 19, the body launched level II, its second highest, emergency response for flood control. (AFP)

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