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Rainfalls in South China Recede
    2008-06-21 13:24:20     CRIENGLISH.com
The torrential rains that have plagued South China have finally weakened.

According to China Central Meteorological Station, the rain belt in South China will move north in the coming days. As of now, flood control efforts are still a top priority for the local authorities.

In South China's Guangdong province, June's rainfall was the heaviest in more than 50 years.

The water level of the Pearl River, the region's largest river and also the third largest in China, is still more than 2 meters above the danger line, but experts predict it will return to a safe level within two or three days, as the rain stops.

In neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, the average rainfall reached nearly 300 millimeters.

Gao Anning, the chief engineer of the Guangxi Meteorological Station acknowledges that this is quite abnormal.

"Rainfall in some regions has reached 500 to 600 millimeters, and some are near 700 millimeters. That equals one third of the total rainfall for a year. This rainstorm is an extremely abnormal weather incident."

More than 7 million people in Guangxi have been affected by the continual downpours. Transportation in the province also faces heavy pressure as the rain has damaged more than 500 roads.

Nationwide, the people been affected reached nearly 40 million, and the death toll is well above 170.
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