Swathes Of South China Under Water, Heat Strikes North:


Reuters | Mon Jul 3, 2017 | 12:30pm EDT:

Torrential rain lashed parts of central and south China on Monday, with floods damaging crops, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and killing at least 33, while the north wilted in a heat wave and drought-like conditions.

Water levels in more than 60 rivers in southern China have risen above warning levels, the flood control authority said.

Thirty-three people are confirmed dead and 15 missing as of Monday morning after heavy rain and flooding engulfed provinces central and southern provinces including Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Sichuan and Guizhou, China’s civil affairs ministry said.

The annual rainy season, which arrived in the second half of June, has hit southern Hunan province the most. Weather forecasters predict the relentless downpours could start to ease in coming days.

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