At least 56 dead in horrific China floods

Floods in southern China have affected more than 11 million people.
Floods in southern China have affected more than 11 million people. Photo credit: Reuters

At least 56 people have been killed and another 22 missing as heavy rains continue to pummel southern China.

Up to 48.6cm of rain has been dumped on several cities since Thursday, flooding towns, cutting off power and halting traffic, China's Ministry Civil Affairs said.

Major rivers and lakes in the southern province of Hunan have surged to alarming levels, destroying levees that forced large-scale evacuations.

More than 11 million people have been affected by floods, landslides and hailstorms in 11 southern provinces the ministry said.

Dozens of flights at several airports serving major cities in the region were delayed or cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Trains were also affected, and roads to many towns and villages in the region were cut off. Footage showed severe flooding that submerged lower floors of homes and shops.

Forecasters from the national meteorological centre expect downpours to continue this week.

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