has ordered workers and soldiers to strengthen levies in southern China, as
forecasters warn that more than 40 rivers are exceeding their warning
State meteorologists say more rain is expected in the coming
days, where floods have already killed at least 171 people this
Torrential rains have battered eastern and southern China during
the past week, and forced about 1.3 million others to flee their homes. Chinese
officials say that while summer flooding has become a regular event, some areas
have received record amounts of rainfall.
Officials say there is also a
forecast of flooding along the Yellow River, which runs through northern
The prosperous southern province of Guangdong has been the hardest
hit in recent days. China's official Xinhua news agency says rains have killed
at least 20 people there. Xinhua says the flooding in the Pearl River Delta is
the worst in 50 years.
Rains in the delta have washed away some roads
and submerged farmland across nine provinces. Many areas have been hit by
Television footage shows people rowing boats in towns along
the Xijiang River in southern China. Sichuan province, which is still reeling
from a May 12 earthquake, also has been affected by the heavy rains.
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