Flood in China, killed 61


Between 10cm and 50cm of rain has fallen in seven provinces, and storms stretching 1,600km (1,000 miles) are sweeping across central and southern China. Torrential rain in parts of southern and eastern China have left at least 61 people dead and another 45 missing, according to authoritie, officials say. The rain has also washed away railway lines and shut down road networks.

The dead included 23 people who were killed in a mudslide in Guizhou Province and eight who died in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province when a section of a wall collapsed, state media said. Rescuers save residents from a flooded area in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Heavy rain is forecast to continue until Wednesday across parts of southern and western China, the South China Morning Post reported.

In April, Vice Premier Wang Yang warned local authorities to be prepared for potential flooding as soon as possible. Water levels have been high for a number of weeks and with more rain forecast the task of controlling the floods becomes more difficult.