In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a man tries to climb to a floodgate to unlock the valve to sluice in Zijin County of south China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, June 9, 2007.
June 11, 2007
BEIJING — Landslides and flooding unleashed by heavy rains have killed at least 66 people in China and left nearly 600,000 homeless, a state news agency reported Monday.
The highest death toll was in southeastern Guangdong province, where 18 people were killed and four were missing since the rains started Thursday, the Xinhua News Agency said. More than 72,000 people were evacuated from their homes.
The populous province is the heart of China's export-driven light manufacturing industries, but there was no word of any damage to factories or shipping facilities.
Deaths and damage were reported throughout southern China and the northwest. Torrential rains, mudslides and floods have also hit Hunan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, where at least 48 people died, Xinhua said.
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