12 Jun '11, 6am

Pictures: At least 94 dead in China after torrential downpours unleash mudslides and floods

Pictures: At least 94 dead in China after torrential downpours unleash mudslides and floods

A woman grieves over the coffins of her family members killed when flood water swept through Yueyang, central China's Hunan province. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING - TORRENTIAL rains battering central and southern China unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 94 people, turning areas enduring drought just over a week ago into scenes of muddy destruction, local news reports said on Sunday. In Yueyang in Hunan province in the south, weather stations recorded more than 200mm of rain in six hours, the kind of downpour that strikes once every 300 years, the China News Service reported, citing local weather officials. In Maojiazu Village in Yueyang, the pelting downpours triggered a mudslide that crushed 24 homes and killed at least 20 residents, with another seven missing under boulders and mud, most likely dead, the Xinhua news agency reported. 'The concentrated scope, in...

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