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Non-stop rain takes its toll in flood-hit south China

China
Mrs. Li looked up to the sky with resignation as rain poured down outside her shop in the southern city of Guangzhou, after a tropical storm passed through and drenched the population.

"It's been raining almost continuously for about two months, much longer than last year, and it's a lot of trouble," she said as shopkeepers around her swept water away from their stores.

Mrs. Li, who would not give her full name, is not the only one in Guangzhou fed up with nearly two months of almost non-stop rain.
Inhabitants of the capital of Guangdong province -- used to bad weather at this time of year -- say they have had enough of the freak downpours that have caused deadly floods in nearby towns and hit business.

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