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Floods kill 25, displace 33,000 in South China

By Agencies

Floods kill 25, displace 33,000 in South China
In this June 15, 2016 photo, a motorist pushes his car through a flooded section of roadway in Jiujiang in South China's Jiangxi province. (Chinatopix via AP)

BEIJING — A week of torrential rain in South China has killed 25 people and displaced 33,200 residents, including many in China's poor, remote regions.

China's Civil Affairs Ministry says 4 million people in 10 provinces have been affected by floods since heavy rainfall began Monday. Six people are still missing.

In southeastern Jiangxi province, people pushed cars floating in waist-high water while online footage showed vehicles swept away, as near record levels of rainfall battered southwestern China.

The southern part of the country is hit every year during the monsoon seasons of May, June and July, but this rainy season has been particularly wet. Water levels in some major rivers have exceeded those of 1998, when China was hit by disastrous floods that affected 180 million people, according to state media reports.

In recent weeks, authorities have taken emergency measures, including discharging water from the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

The direct economic losses from the floods have so far totaled more than $550 million, according to the Civil Affairs Ministry.

Floods kill 25, displace 33,000 in South China
In this June 15, 2016 photo, rescuers carry a woman on a stretcher through a flooded area in Jiujiang in South China's Jiangxi province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Floods kill 25, displace 33,000 in South China
In this June 15, 2016 photo, damaged vehicles are stuck on a section of road blocked by a landslide in Zhuzhou in South China's Hunan province. (Chinatopix via AP)

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