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53 dead in South China storms
May 18, 2013, 4:01 am

(Xinhua Images)

[Xinhua Images]

Fifty-three people have been killed and several others are reported missing in a spate of heavy rains that have swept south China.

Ten provinces have been affected, including some in central China.

Guangdong province has been worst-hit, with rainstorms battering five cities, including the provincial capital Guangzhou, with at least 22 people are reported to have been killed, and 16 people reported missing in the province.

More than 650,000 people throughout the province are affected.

Transport conditions have been severely affected due to the rainstorms that triggered flooding and landslides.

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Committee for Disaster Reduction have launched a level-four disaster relief response.

Source: Agencies