BEIJING: At least 22 people have died and seven others remain missing after downpours hit provinces in south China, local authorities said on Sunday.
The rainstorms, the type that occur once every 100 years due to their ferocity, lashed Guangzhou, Zhaoqing and Qingyuan cities in Guangdong and caused floods, the collapse of houses and mud flows, said the provincial flood control and civil affairs authorities.
From 10pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday, more than 140,000 people were affected, 21,000 were evacuated and 1,143 houses collapsed, said the provincial civil affairs department.
Since Wednesday, rainstorms in Guangdong have left 15 dead and five missing and affected 800,000 people, with accumulative precipitation of 628 mm in Shanwei City. Sixteen national or provincial highways were closed because of the downpours.
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