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14 dead, 35 missing in China floods

Rain-triggered floods in south-western China have killed 14 people and left 35 others missing while destroying roads and bridges and thousands of homes, officials said.

Some 45,000 residents in Guizhou province's Wangmo County have been evacuated since flood waters inundated the area, said Tang Quanshu of the county's flood prevention office. She said another 3,000 people were still stranded.

Meanwhile, the waters toppled 300 houses and left 2,400 submerged, while 21 square miles of farmland were under water, Tang said.

State-run Xinhua News Agency, citing county flood officials, reported that the flooding disrupted power and water supplies and telecommunications services in several towns in Wangmo County, which has a population of 8 million.

It said the floods destroyed roads and bridges and washed away more than 500 vehicles.

The provincial civil affairs bureau said rain-triggered floods have hit 11 cities and counties in Guizhou province since June 3, affecting 270,000 people, according to Xinhua. More rain is forecast in most parts of the province.

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