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Chinese agency: At least 46 killed, 50 missing in China floods

By the CNN Wire Staff
A member of the Chinese airforce holds on to a child during the airlifting of a group of villagers who were trapped after their village was hit by flooding in Jinxiu, southwest China's Guangxi region.
A member of the Chinese airforce holds on to a child during the airlifting of a group of villagers who were trapped after their village was hit by flooding in Jinxiu, southwest China's Guangxi region.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than 238,000 people evacuated
  • More than 33,000 homes reported destroyed
  • Estimated economic loss is $398 million
RELATED TOPICS
  • China
  • Floods

(CNN) -- At least 46 people were killed and 50 were reported missing after heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in southern China, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on its website that more than 238,000 people had been evacuated from their homes in the regions of Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Sichuan, Xinhua reported.

More than 33,000 homes had been destroyed in the affected areas and the agency estimated the economic loss at $398 million (2.72 billion yuan), Xinhua said. The worst-hit regions were Fujian, Guangxi and Sichuan.

The rain began Sunday, Xinhua reported, and more rain is expected to hit southern China over coming days, the National Meteorological Center predicted.

 
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