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China Rains Kill 55: Alert Issued as Further Storms Predicted (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

China Rains Kill 55: Alert Issued as Further Storms Predicted (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A journalist (R) records a video on a raft as a man paddles along flooded street after heavy downpours hit Jianghua Yao Autonomous County, Hunan province May 16, 2013. One person died and 270,000 others were affected by a new round of rain in central China's Hunan Province, authorities said. | (Photo: Reuters/Stringer)

China rains have killed 55 people this week, as devastating storms hit the southern regions of the country.

According to reports, 55 people have been confirmed killed, and 14 others are still missing due to the torrential rains over the past week. However, further alerts have already been issued and more storms are forecast for the coming days.

The excessive amounts of rainfall have caused extensive flooding in the Southern China region, and have resulted in landslides in some areas. Some areas have been hit by hailstones, and gale force winds to make things even more dangerous and hinder rescue efforts.

According to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, 10 provinces and municipalities have been hit by the deadly storms, with the province of Guangdong being the most badly hit; 36 people have been confirmed dead and 10 people missing in that province alone.

However, there appears to be no let up, as the meteorological society of China has issued a blue alert warning for the next two days. It is expected that further heavy rains will hit the regions, and strong winds and hailstones could also be experienced in some areas.

The blue alert signifies an emergency situation, but is the lowest alert level on China's color categorization.

However, even though the upcoming storms may not be the fiercest the region has seen, they will arrive on the back of days of heavy rains that have already put the regions in a state of emergency.

Guangdong and Guangxi provinces have been told to expect nearly four inches of rain in just 24 hours over the coming few days.

Residents in the affected southern regions have been advised by China's National Meteorological Center to stay alert and extremely cautious until Monday, when the storm system is expected to pass.

Here is a video news report into the southern China rains:


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