CHINA 2 dead, 4 missing as rainstorms hit southwest China

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2 dead, 4 missing as rainstorms hit southwest China

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06:32, June 23, 2019

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Heavy rain causes flooding in Yanhe Tujia Autonomous County in Guizhou Province on Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Photo: IC)

Two people have died and four are missing after heavy downpours hit a county in southwest China's Guizhou Province, local authorities said Saturday.

As of 3:30 p.m., a township in Yanhe Tujia Autonomous County received the maximum precipitation of 176.8 mm with the county seat receiving 165.7 mm, causing serve damages to crops and infrastructure.

The torrential rain is estimated to have damaged 751 hectares of crops. The direct economic loss hit 14.93 million yuan (about 2.2 million U.S. dollars), including 9.25 million yuan in agriculture and 5.68 million yuan in infrastructure.

The heavy rain, which started Friday, has also lashed other parts of Guizhou, causing closures of scenic spots and disruption of train services.

The rain is forecast to last until Saturday night in the northern, central and southern parts of Guizhou and until Sunday in its western regions.

Heavy rain also ravaged the eastern province of Jiangxi, raising water levels in some rivers above warning levels.

The rain is forecast to last until next Wednesday with precipitation in central and southern Jiangxi expected to reach up to 250 mm between Saturday afternoon and Wednesday night.

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