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Floods displace 20,000 in S. China

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• More than 3,000 homes have collapsed, authorities tell Xinhua
• 1.2 million people affected by storms, news agency reports
• Rescue efforts are under way, Xinhua said.
• Storms nationwide have killed 23 people, Xinhua reported
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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Heavy rainfall, followed by flooding and landslides, have killed 14 people and displaced more than 20,000 people in south China's Guangdong Province, according to Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.

Twenty-people have been injured by the storms, and four people are missing, Xinhua reported Saturday, citing local government.

The storms have led to the collapse of more than 3,000 homes, and some 26,000 hectares (64,247 acres) of cropland have been damaged, authorities told Xinhua.

Rescue efforts are under way for stranded residents, Xinhua said. Guangdong's flood control headquarters have allotted 6.5 million yuan ($850,000) for relief efforts.

The storms have affected 1.2 million people and caused an economic loss of about 266 million yuan, or $34 million, the news agency reported.

The hardest-hit areas are Heyuan, Shaoguan, Meizhou, Shanwei and Qingyan, Xinhua said.

Nearly half of China's 23 provinces are being affected by heavy rains, Xinhua reported. Nationwide, 23 people were killed and 158,000 people have been left homeless by these storms, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Friday.

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