6 dead in China as rain causes landslides and house collapse

BEIJING (AP) — Heavy rains in China have claimed six lives this week and forced the evacuation of some 200,000 people.

Five people have died in southeastern China, according to state media: A house collapse killed three in Fujian province on Tuesday, and two died Monday in a landslide caused by torrential rains in China. neighboring province of Jiangxi.

One person has died and three are missing in northern China after a vehicle fell into the water during mountain floods following heavy rains in the Inner Mongolia region.

China regularly experiences seasonal rains and floods during the summer, most often in the central and southern regions.

Video on state broadcaster CCTV showed large parts of towns flooded in muddy waters. Rescuers carried trapped people out of buildings on their backs in waist-deep water in Guangdong province, also in the southeast.

The rain stopped in Jiangxi on Wednesday, but more rain is forecast for another week in Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong and the neighboring region of Guangxi. The National Meteorological Center said residents should prepare for flooding and landslides because the ground is already saturated in these areas.

More than 110,000 people have been relocated to Jiangxi province, as well as more than 80,000 to Fujian, according to state media.

Seventeen people died last week in rain-related disasters in Guangxi and central China’s Hunan province.

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