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Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in many parts of China, with no immediate signs of easing. Provinces suffering under the deluge face high risks of flooding and landslides.
Strong rains are predicted to continue battering many areas, including Guangdong, Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Shanghai. More than 14 million people along the Yangtze River are being affected by the downpours, where rain-triggered floods have damaged 800,000 hectares of farmland and destroyed 20,000 houses. Economic losses are estimated at 8 billion yuan in the region.
By Saturday, at least 50 people had been confirmed dead, with 15 others missing. Saturday also saw the highest flood peak of the year on the Yangtze river, with water levels at the Three Gorges Dam raised by almost a meter. Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has urged relevant departments to continue monitoring the extreme weather, and issue prompt alerts, reinforce dams, and resettle those affected by the floods.