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More than 6 million people have been affected by landslides and mudslides triggered by recent rainfall in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The latest round of downpours, which began on Thursday, hit several cities and regions, including Guangyuan, Mianyang, Chengdu, and Aba. Roads were cut off, and barrier lakes formed on a number of rivers, but some traffic routes have now been restored. Some of the disaster stricken areas were also victims of the May 12th, 2008, Wenchuan Earthquake, including Yingxiu Township.
The flood relief channel on the left bank of the Minjiang River is blocked, with pressure now on the levees of the right bank. Troops have been deployed to reinforce both sides and battle the ongoing floods.
Forecasters say there will be 3 rounds of heavy rainfall through the end of the month, creating more pressure for disaster prevention and relief efforts in the area.