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Rainstorms cause floods, trap cars in Guangzhou

By Agencies

GUANGZHOU - Close to 7,000 people have been relocated after intense rainstorms hit northern Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong province on Sunday morning.

Rainstorms hit northern Guangzhou early Sunday morning, causing landslides in mountainous areas while flooding three districts in the city, the Guangdong provincial meteorological bureau said.

A total of 172 houses collapsed. No casualties have been reported, the city flood control headquarters said.

Precipitation in the Huadu, Huangpu and Zengcheng districts of Guangzhou reached 250 millimeters. Jiulong town in Huangpu district reported a rainfall of 524.1 millimeters as of 1 pm on Sunday, a record number in a single day for the city.

The city issued a red alert for rainstorms, the first this year.

Armed police officers and flood rescuers have been dispatched.

A dike breach in Huadu district has been fixed, Guangzhou flood control headquarters said.

Heavy rain is forecast to hit the area on Monday and Tuesday.

Rainstorms cause floods, trap cars in Guangzhou
Left: A resident clambers over the debris of a collapsed house on Sunday in the Huadu district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Right: Traffic is blocked by flooded streets in the city’s Zengcheng district. (PHOTOS BY NING BIAO, XIAO XIONG / FOR CHINA DAILY)
Rainstorms cause floods, trap cars in Guangzhou
Flood water engulfs cars in Guangzhou on Sunday. (Photo/VCG)

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