RAW: Heavy rains cause river to burst bank in SE China

Heavy rainfall caused a river to burst its banks in Xinyi City, southeast China’s Guangdong Province on Friday.

The flash floods and swollen rivers led to disrupted traffic and dislocation of residents.

According to local authorities, 540,000 people have been affected by the strongest downpour in the city’s history, with 465.5 millimeters of rain dumped within 10 hours.

The torrential rain has left one person missing and caused direct economic losses of 386 million yuan (58.9 million U.S. dollars) so far, the city’s flood control and drought relief headquarters estimated.

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