Hundreds of thousands evacuated due to flooding in southern China

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 Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated due to flooding in southern China

Two provinces raised their flood warnings on Tuesday as rivers overflowed their banks and flood waters topped a 50-year high.
< br /> The National Meteorological Center of China reported that the average rainfall in the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian and Guangxi from early May to mid-June reached 621 millimeters. According to meteorologists, the area has received the most rainfall since 1961.

Residents of riverside and low-lying communities have been urged to move to higher ground.

Shaoguan City in Guangdong Province was one of the hardest hit, prompting officials to raise a flood warning to its highest level as the city received record rainfall since the end of May. A similar warning was issued in Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province.
< br /> In southeast China's Jiangxi province, authorities issued a flood warning after 485,000 people were affected in nine districts. The province suffered 470 million yuan ($70.2 million) in economic damage and destroyed 43,300 hectares of crops.

Local authorities have warned that the situation is likely to worsen in the coming days, and The water level in the Pearl River Basin will continue to rise.

The summer rainy season regularly causes flooding in southern China, but there are fears that climate change is exacerbating the situation.

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