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Photo: A villager transports goods on a bridge after a flood hit Yao'an county of Lianzhou, south China's Guangdong province.Photo / Reuters
BEIJING - Rain storms and floods have killed at least 23 people across southern China in recent days and made thousands homeless, Xinhua news agency said today.
"Millions of people are suffering," it said.
Storms killed seven people and left four missing in the southern province of Guizhou on Friday and Saturday. Nearly 20,000 hectares of cropland were flooded and 3,000 houses destroyed, Xinhua said.
In Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong, heavy rain triggered landslides killing three people and destroying 788 houses and about 1,120 hectares of cropland, Xinhua said.
Storms cut off a railway link between Meizhou and Shantou in Guangdong leaving about 1,100 passengers stranded on Friday.
In neighbouring Guangxi, two people were killed in torrential rain that destroyed 610 homes, Xinhua said, citing flood control authorities.
In Guangxi, high school students sitting all-important university entrance exams on Thursday and Friday had to be evacuated as heavy rain submerged their classrooms, Xinhua said.
Storms also broke 29 reservoirs, 362 embankments, 165 roads and forced 59 factories to suspend production, Xinhua quoted Chen Rundong, deputy head of the regional flood control office, as saying
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