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Report: 100,000 evacuated because of South China flooding

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Some areas received as much as 16 inches of rain
  • More than 200 villages have flooded

(CNN) -- More than 100,000 people were evacuated Sunday as China's southernmost island province, Hainan, experienced a new round of torrential rains after being hard-hit by flooding, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

More than 200 villages in the cities of Haikou, Wenchang and Qionghai have flooded, Sun Wei, deputy director of the provincial meteorological bureau's disaster relief and public services department, told Xinhua. Floods also struck the province earlier this month.

Displaced residents are living in government buildings and school classrooms, or at the homes of relatives or friends, Sun told Xinhua.

Hainan received an average of 200 mm (7 inches) of rainfall from Friday to mid-Sunday, Sun said. Some areas received as much as 426 mm (16 inches) of rain, he said.

Some local rivers have risen higher than their warning levels, and more than 70 percent of 1,100 reservoirs have safety concerns, Wang Zhenxing, deputy director of the provincial flood control and drought relief office, told Xinhua.

More rain is forecast for Hainan associated with super Typhoon Megi, the most intense typhoon this year, beginning next week, Xinhua said.