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Dozens die in lethal China floods
People in Dazhou try to salvage their belongings
The floods have left thousands trying to salvage their belongings
Devastating floods in southern China have killed at least 29 people and forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes, officials say.

Flood waters swept through the south-western city of Dazhou, where thousands of homes collapsed. At least seven people are missing.

The floods are the latest in a lethal early summer, and come after some of the heaviest rains for a century.

At least 600 people in the south have died from floods already this year.

In Dazhou, some 26,000 homes collapsed as flood waters rose to the third floor of some buildings.

Armed police and government officials are overseeing rescue efforts and evacuation, state news agency Xinhua reports.

China is regularly hit by devastating summer floods, but this year's rains have been stronger and earlier than usual.

A swathe of south-western and south-eastern China has been hit, including a number of populous provinces towards Hong Kong.

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