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Downpours trigger flash floods in southwest China

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:37

Heavy rainfall hits southwest China triggering floods that many locals say are the worst in 100 years, state media reports. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Downpours battered a large swathe of southwestern China, triggering flash floods, cutting off power supplies and disrupting transport in some parts, state media reported on Tuesday (August 12). Sanquan township in Nanchuan district, Chongqing, has received 305 mm (30.5 cm) precipitation in the past three days, the heaviest downpour since records began, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing meteorological authorities. State television CCTV said the flash floods had been the worst to hit Sanquan in 100 years. Power supplies and communications had been completely cut off in the township, it added. Heavy rainfall also triggered multiple landslides, blocking roads in the mountainous region. In Nanchuan district, two road workers were reported missing, while 32 homes collapsed, and 360 were evacuated, Xinhua said. Torrential rains also battered neighbouring Guizhou province on Sunday (August 10) and Monday (August 11), Xinhua said, killing at least nine people, and leaving 11 others missing. More than 50,000 people were affected by the storms, and 3,120 were moved to safe grounds, it added. Weather forecasts predict the area will receive light rainfall on Tuesday, CCTV said.

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Downpours trigger flash floods in southwest China

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:37