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The heaviest rain in a century has hit Anqing, in East China's Anhui province. The resulting flooding swept nearby villages, forcing people to flee their homes. Now that the flood has subsided, people are returning to damaged homes to deal with the mess.
It's a sunny day here in Anqing, a city in south China's Anhui Province. But just two days ago, the heaviest rain in one hundred years hit this mid-sized city along the Yangtze River and flooded this neighborhood. Now people here are starting to clean up the mess and deal with their loss.
This 80 year-old grandmother is beginning the painstaking clean-up process. Nothing was spared by the relentless flood - a television, furniture, clothing. She lived in a ground floor apartment, and her home was totally submerged in water. She says the flood came quickly, and she barely survived.
Ms Chang, flood victim of Anqing, Anhui province, said, "I've never seen such a devastating flood. I was really shocked, and couldn't move my legs when I saw the water pour in. It reached up to my neck. Then the soldiers in green uniforms appeared with a boat and saved me."
Ms Chang is still coming to grips with her near-fatal experience. And she's very thankful that she made it. 38-year-old Ms, Wang and her son are trying their best to salvage what they can. She says they were lucky to escape, before the flood level rose to the doorway. But when she came back a day later, she couldn't even bear to look at what was left.
Ms Wang, flood victim of Anqing, Anhui province, said, "I think I lost everything that was valuable. All the home appliances. I don't think they can be saved after being submerged in water for a whole day. You know, I'm a single mother with a 10-year-old son, It's going to be hard."
In the aftermath of the disaster, soldiers specializing in disaster relief have come to help clean up. Everything is being moved outside and it's a depressing sight. Later, medical staff spray disinfectant on anything that's survived the water, to prevent a potential epidemic. Officer Wan tells us what his 200 soldiers have seen and done in the past two days.
Wan, director of Political Dept. of Anhui Armes Police Sub-division,said, When we came on Tuesday afternoon, the rain was still falling and the water was as deep as 3 meters. I was told 10 thousand residents were stranded in this neighborhood. We used 6 boats and relocated 3 thousand people, including everyone on the ground floor. We also delivered food and other necessities, No casualties have been reported.
Ms. Chang and Ms. Wang are among 4 million people in Anhui Province, and 15 million in 9 other provinces and regions that have been impacted by this year's floods - the worst in many years. There is some relief, with dedicated disaster relief workers doing all they can to alleviate the pain. But the bad news is, the rainy season is only half over.
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