China floods: Death toll reaches 72

Beijing, August 19: At least 72 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate in the past few days due to devastating floods in north and south China.

Nine people were killed overnight in floods triggered by continuous downpours in south China's Guangdong province.

Eight people were killed in Puning city, according to the municipal government's publicity department. One person was killed in Zijin county, a local resident
and another remained missing, state-run news agency reported.

The death toll rose to 54 as of this morning after the worst flooding in decades ravaged Fushun city, northeast
China's Liaoning province, said local authorities.

Extreme rainstorms battered Liaoning from Thursday to Saturday, leaving many rivers flooded in Fushun, said the Liaoning provincial flood control and drought relief
headquarters. Water and power supply as well as communication were cut off in the townships of Longwo, Suqu and Shuidun.

A total of 61 reservoirs have reported water levels surpassing the danger lines by Sunday evening, Guangdong provincial flood control and drought relief
headquarters said.

Meanwhile, a landslide has buried at least one truck and trapped an unknown number of people on a highway in Guigang City, in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Firefighters are trying to reach the site.

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