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Floods, landslides and mud flows, triggered by days of torrential rains, have left 50 people dead and 15 missing in parts of central and southern China. A total of 17.2 million residents have been affected by flood-related disasters in eight provinces and one municipality.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs says that nearly 600-thousand people have been relocated in the provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Chongqing Municipality. Hundreds of thousands of homes have collapsed or damaged, with large areas of cropland being completely destroyed. Direct economic losses could reach nine billion yuan. With more rain expected in the next few days, a network of disaster relief measures have been launched in flood-hit regions, to protect lives and minimize losses.