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211 people have been killed as rain-triggered floods continue to ravage the south and east of China. And the extreme weather shows no signs of easing. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has directed more efforts be made on flood control efforts.
Water levels are dangerously high in the capital of Fujian Province. The Fuhe River in Fuzhou City burst its banks for a second time on Wednesday. Two days earlier, a dike on another section of the river burst, forcing 100 thousand people to evacuate.
A spokesman from the local flood control headquarters says workers are battling to build a road to transport repair materials. But the continuing downpours are hampering efforts.
In Nanping city, education authorities have been forced to reschedule the senior high school entrance examination.
In a village in Shunchang County, 400 villagers are trapped as the only bridge to the outside has been damaged.
In Jiangxi Province, a massive landslide hit the Qingfeng River in Fengcheng City Wednesday. 50 thousand cubic meters of debris blocked the flow and threatened five hundred thousand people.
By Thursday afternoon, two thirds of the debris had been removed and the dike, reinforced.
The National Meteorological Center has warned that torrential rains will pound the flooded southern region from Thursday to Friday.
So far the floods have caused direct economic losses totaling more than 43 billion yuan.