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Deadly Flooding Raises Death Toll in Southern China to 38, State Media Reports

The death toll has jumped to 38 in China’s southern Guangdong province as of today, after days of torrential rains that caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, reported Reuters.

Chinese state television CCTV reported earlier this week that more than 10,000 people were evacuated from Meizhou, and 130,00 were left without power.

The Chinese authorities in the city raised the flood control emergency response to Level-I, the most severe one.

At least four people had died at the southern province of Fujian due to heavy rainfall with 48 rivers were running above flood alert levels in Guangxi.

Deadly Flooding Raises Death Toll in Southern China to 38, State Media Reports

This historic rainfall caused landslides, floods and mudslides that severely damaged eight townships in Pingyuan county and collapsed homes and trees.

The estimated direct economic loss is at least $502 million in Jiaoling county, while in Meixian district, the loss is $146 million.

The Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for comprehensive efforts to safeguard lives and property and encounter the heavy rains in the south and severe drought and record temperatures in the north.

Deadly Flooding Raises Death Toll in Southern China to 38, State Media Reports

The southern province is a home to 127 million people, and it usually suffers annual flooding from April to September.

However, the region has been subject to intense rainstorms and severe flooding in recent years due to the climate crises.

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