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Rain-triggered landslides have caused havoc in southwest and central China. At least 27 people killed and six others missing. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of local residents have been evacuated.
At least eight people were killed by landslides in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. Another person remains missing, while 27,000 people have been evacuated.
The heaviest rain this summer started to batter Chongqing from Thursday night. Water levels in most local rivers have risen above warning levels.
The rains also delayed 92 flights at Chongqing airport Friday morning.
In central China's Hunan Province, the severe weather killed eight people, left one missing, and forced 107,000 others to be relocated. More than 2 million people have been affected.
The rain toppled more than 5,000 houses. Direct direct economic losses are estimated at one billion yuan.
In neighboring Hubei Province, seven people were killed and three others missing due to the rain-triggered disasters that have inflicted economic losses of almost 1.1 billion yuan.
In Tongzi County in southwest China's Guizhou Province, a landslide disrupted the Sichuan-Guizhou Railway on Friday morning.
The landslide carrying 2,000 cubic meters of debris occurred at Dahe Town. More than 300 workers with seven excavators were mobilized to repair the railway.
The railway is expected to be reopened by 8 am Saturday.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has launched a level four emergency response, under which monitoring of emergencies will be stepped up and reported to the State Council.