55,000 Evacuated In China Floods

BEIJING (AFP) – China was pounded by more summer rain forcing the evacuation of more than 55,000 people, state media said late Tuesday, warning of further downpours.

Most the evacuations were in the city of Xianning in the central province of Hubei, the Xinhua news agency said, quoting local authorities.

China said Monday the number of people confirmed killed in more than a week of floods and landslides triggered by the torrential rains had leapt past 100.

Some of the hardest-hit areas have only recently been through a severe dry spell, but Xinhua said the relentless rains are forecast to last until Friday.

China is hit by heavy summer rain every year. In 2010, downpours across large swathes triggered the nation’s worst floods in a decade, leaving more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

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