Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in China

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CHANGSHA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Many parts of China have been hit by torrential rain over the last few days, resulting in multiple natural disasters and the areas being evacuated of millions of people, authorities said Monday.

In east China's Zhejiang province, heavy rain has forced 17,000 people to relocate and affected the lives of more than 350,000 others since June 22, according to the Zhejiang flood control headquarters.

A 12-year-old girl was killed when her house was buried in a landslide that occurred at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday in Zhejiang's Songyang county, the headquarters said.

Torrential rain swept neighboring Jiangxi province during the recent three-day Dragon Boat Festival holidays. A total of 734,270 people have been affected in the province, which was evacuated of 26,890 people and saw 1,751 houses toppled by floods, as of Sunday evening. Direct economic losses of about 1 billion yuan ( 157 million U.S. dollars) have been incurred, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Persistent storms have swollen three major Jiangxi rivers -- Ganjiang, Fuhe and Xinjiang, the water levels of which have risen above warning levels as of Monday morning.

Rain has also battered central China's Hunan province since June 21, killing one person, leaving another missing and affecting the lives of 138,000 others, according to the Hunan flood control headquarters.

A landslide was triggered in Hunan's city of Chenzhou, blocking roads and rivers and stranding 130 tourists, it announced.

South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has been hit by downpours since June 21. The hard-hit city of Hezhou has been evacuated of over 10,000 people and economic losses of 200 million yuan have been incurred, according to municipal flood control officials.

One resident of Hezhou has died in hospital after suffering serious injuries during a landslide, while another was crushed to death during a house collapse, local officials said.

Rainstorms and gales have hit the southern coastal city of Beihai in the region over the past several days.

The local meteorological observatory in Beihai gave a blue-color-coded warning signal at 4 p.m. on Monday, predicting gales will rage over Beihai and the Beibu Gulf in the following 24 hours.

Shipping routes from Beihai to Weizhou Island and from Beihai to Haikou, capital of the southern Hainan province, have been suspended as of 8 a.m. on Sunday, according to the local maritime department.

More rain and storms are expected to hit Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui provinces in south China, as well as Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces in the southwest, over the next three days. Precipitation in some areas may total as much as 160 mm, according to the National Meteorological Center.

Editor: Deng Shasha