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Landslides, worst floods in a century kill 51 in China

Parts of southwestern China have been hit by their worst floods in more than a century as well as landslides that have cost 51 lives and left 43 missing, local officials and state media said Wednesday.

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 followed at least 10 days of rain, the official Xinhua news agency “Xinhua” redirects here. For other uses, see Xinhua (disambiguation).

The Xinhua News Agency (Simplified Chinese: 新华社; Traditional Chinese:
 reported.

The downpours in neighbouring Guangxi region caused the worst floods in its capital Nanning since 1907, according to according to
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 the official China Daily.

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 in Yunnan," a disaster relief official at its provincial civil affairs Designated Active and Reserve component forces and units organized, trained, and equipped specifically to conduct civil affairs activities and to support civil-military operations. Also called CA. See also civil affairs activities; civil-military operations.  department, who refused to be named, told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

"The death toll is 11 in our region, but there are no missing or injured," another official at the disaster relief office in Guangxi said.

More than 2.4 million have been affected by the rains in both areas, state media reported.

In Yunnan, the rainfall has hit 13 cities and prefectures in the centre of the province, including the capital Kunming, and sent torrents of mud and rock through villages, affecting 1.3 million people, the China Daily said.

In the northwest of the province, meanwhile, heavy storms blanketed major roads with 50 centimetres (20 inches) of snow and traffic cut off, the report said.

Over 1.1 million people in Guangxi have been now affected by floods, which have destroyed 87,000 hectares (215,000 acres) of crops and caused 700 million yuan (100 million dollars) in direct economic losses, Xinhua said.

The floods have also cut off roads in Guangxi, damaging 68 reservoirs and 107 dams, the report said.

Rain has eased in Guangxi but more is forecast in Yunnan.
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