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Chinese floods 'kill 14 people'

Floods in south-western China have killed 14 people, left 35 others missing and washed away roads, bridges and thousands of homes.

National flood prevention office spokesman Tang Quanshu said that around 45,000 residents in Guizhou province’s Wangmo County have had to be evacuated since flood waters hit the area.

Quanshu also revealed that around 3,000 people were still stranded.

Officials believe 300 houses have been toppled by the waters with 2,400 left submerged, while 34km2 of farmland are under water.

Telecommunication services along with power and water supplies to several towns in Wangmo County, which has a population of 8M, have been disrupted.

The provincial civil affairs bureau said rain-triggered floods have hit 11 cities and counties in Guizhou province since 3 June, affecting 270,000 people, according to news service Xinhua.

More rain is forecast in most parts of the province.

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