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At least 16 die as heavy rains swamp China

At least 16 people were killed and more than 320,000 evacuated from their homes in southern and central China after heavy rains toppled houses, flooded roads and damaged a dam.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that in the central province of Hunan, floods killed eight people and forced 140,000 to relocate since rain began pounding the region on Wednesday.

Xinhua says that in the south-eastern Fujian province, five people died, two others were missing, and 22,000 people were evacuated. Another three people died and four were missing in Jiangxi province and in Guangxi region, where about 80,000 people were forced from their homes.

Rains caused 287 rural houses in Guangxi to topple, and inundated Rongshui county causing the Rongjiang river to overflow.

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