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Last Updated: Monday June 11 2007 11:18 GMT

Floods and mudslides ravage China

People were forced out of their homes

Heavy rain has caused flooding and mudslides across many parts of China, killing at least 66 people and leaving around 600,000 others homeless.

Downpours have lashed areas across southern and north west China for five days in a row.

The worst-hit places included farming areas, which do not have flood barriers and other emergency measures to protect the land from rising rivers.

Every summer, sudden bursts of rain hit China, often leading to flood damage.

Flood damage
Flood damage
Last year, more than 27,000 people died in floods and storms in the country.

In the latest round of floods, many schools and factories have been forced to close.

Swamped

Kids taking exams were among those affected. They were moved to emergency centres after their building got swamped.



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