China floods, mudslides kill 94 [PHOTOS]

on June 12 2011 2:00 AM

At least 94 were killed as landslides and heavy rains unleash floods in central and southern China on Saturday.

Central and southern China, facing drought just over a week ago has turned into the scenes of muddy destruction.

Weather stations in Yueyang in Hunan province, recorded more than 200 millimeters of rain in six hours, the kind of downpour that strikes once every 300 years, the China News Service reported, citing local weather officials. 

The floods across parts of 13 provinces had killed 94 people with 78 missing, damaged 465,000 hectares of crops, till Saturday, the flood and drought office said. 

The recent drought had dried up the region's soil, which has increased the risk of landslides during recent heavy rainfalls, said Xinhua, citing a province government adviser. 

If it wasn't for the quarrying above the village, Maojiazu would not have suffered such a disaster, said Yao Shifu, 71, according to the Beijing News. 

 

 

China floods, mudslides kill 94

Residents smoke as they sit amid the debris after a landslide triggered by heavy rainfalls in Linxiang, Hunan province June 11, 2011. Torrential rain in two drought-stricken central China provinces triggered landslides and brought down houses, killing at least 44 people and leaving 33 missing, state media said on Friday. REUTERS

China floods, mudslides kill 94

Rescue staff transfers residents to a safe area with a forklift in flooded Xiushui county, Jiangxi province June 10, 2011. Torrential rain in two drought-stricken central China provinces triggered landslides and brought down houses, killing at least 34 people and leaving 30 missing, state media said on Friday. REUTERS

China floods, mudslides kill 94

Residents stand on the porch as the flood submerges the first floor of a restaurant in Chongyang county of Xianning city, Hubei province June 10, 2011. Torrential rain in two drought-stricken central China provinces triggered landslides and brought down houses, killing at least 44 people and leaving 33 missing, state media said on Friday. REUTERS

China floods, mudslides kill 94

A paramilitary policeman paddles a rescue boat carrying residents to a safer area in the flood-hit Xianning county, Hubei province June 10, 2011. Torrential rain in two drought-stricken central China provinces triggered landslides and brought down houses, killing at least 44 people and leaving 33 missing, state media said on Friday. Picture taken June 10, 2011. REUTERS

China floods, mudslides kill 94

Houses are partially submerged in the flood-hit Wuning county, Jiangxi province June 10, 2011. Torrential rain in two drought-stricken central China provinces triggered landslides and brought down houses, killing at least 44 people and leaving 33 missing, state media said on Friday. Picture taken June 10, 2011 REUTERS

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