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Rain-soaked south China prepares for new storms

06-08-2010 09:24 BJT

BEIJING, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in several south China provinces issued flood alerts on Monday after a new round of storms is expected to pound the region that still reels from recent floodings.

A resident rows a raft in Chengjiang Town of Yao Autonomous County of Du'an, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 7, 2010. Flood still remains in some parts of Du'an on June 7, seven days after heavy rainstorms killed 38 people.(Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)
A resident rows a raft in Chengjiang Town of Yao Autonomous County of Du'an, southwest 
China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 7, 2010. Flood still remains in some parts 
of Du'an on June 7, seven days after heavy rainstorms killed 38 people.(Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

The national weather forecast says much of southern China, including provinces such as Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are to experience storms in coming days.

Many of the areas were drenched in last month's wide-scale heavy rains.

In the worst-hit Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the government on Monday said death toll from recent landslides and flooding has climbed to 53.

Forty-two counties in nine Guangxi cities were affected. In Chengxiang village, people were forced to row make-shift boats -- made of plastic bottles and planks -- to commute through the flooded streets.

Chen Jian, the region's chief weather forecaster, said heavy rains are expected to fall on six Guangxi cities from June 7 to 10.

Local disaster relief officials were ordered to evacuate residents in low-lying areas in advance. Safety measures at reservoirs shall also be reviewed, officials said.

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