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Lightning, floods leave 20 dead in rain-hit China

Published on Jul 17, 2014 2:28 PM
 
This picture taken on July 16, 2014 shows a man carrying a woman as he makes his way through a flooded area in Miluo, in central China's Hunan province. At least 20 people have died in the past week as torrential rain batters swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media said. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - At least 20 people have died in the past week as torrential rain batters swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media said.

There had been six deaths from lightning strikes in the central province of Jiangxi since last Friday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

There were other fatalities from lightning in Guizhou in the southwest, it said, where a total of seven people died.

A landslide in the province early Thursday buried eight people, Xinhua said, with two rescued by mid-morning but six still missing.

 
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