June 12, 2011
Over one hundred people have become victims of floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in central and southern China.
These areas, which suffered from drought about a week ago, have turned into lakes of mud, and heavy rains are expected in the following days in some areas.
Local officials said the weather stations recorded rainfall exceeding 200 mm in six hours in Yueyang, in the southern province of Hunan.
The downpours have triggered a landslide that crushed 24 homes and killed twenty people, reports the official Xinhua News Agency, which also speaks of seven missing persons.
Saturday night, there had been 94 deaths from flooding in parts of 13 provinces affected, with 78 missing, 27,100 houses destroyed and 465,000 hectares were damaged.
Sunday, the death toll from floods and landslides in Hunan rose from 19 to 36, counting at least 111 deaths in total from bad weather in China.