This photo shows people watching flood waters after heavy rain in China's southern Guangxi region. AFP
Torrential weekend rains killed at least 12 people in China's southwestern Sichuan province, state media reported on Monday, as rising waters sparked mass evacuations during the annual flood season.
The toll from the heavy rainstorm in Mianning county included two people who died when several vehicles plunged into a river after flooding damaged a highway.
Ten others were missing and more than 7,000 had been evacuated from their homes, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Southern China has been battered by rainstorms that have triggered landslides and flooding since the start of June, with at least 78 people killed according to the emergency management ministry.
Another 12 million have been affected by property damage, road closures and other disruptions, including 720,000 people rescued or relocated from flood waters by emergency workers.
The flood season has caused 25.7 billion yuan ($3.6 billion) in economic losses, the ministry said, a further blow to a domestic economy already suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
Photos and videos published by state media showed submerged fields and rescuers wading through waist-high water, carrying local residents on their backs.
In the nearby megacity of Chongqing, the water level rose more than five metres above the flood safety line, setting a new record.
China's central government plans to spend at least 200 million yuan on flood relief equipment including tents and beds for evacuees, the emergency ministry said Sunday.
The dead included 13 people who were working on farms in Gopalganj district, 175 kilometers (110 miles) north of Patna, the Bihar state capital, said official Upendra Pal. The injured were receiving hospital treatment, he said.
Three floodgates of the Three Gorges Dam that spans the Yangtze were opened as the water level behind the massive dam rose more than 15 meters (50 feet) above flood level, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
About 228,000 people have been forced to seek emergency shelter due to flooding since June 2, the country's Ministry of Emergency Management said. Initial damages were estimated at more than $500 million, including the destruction of more than 1,000 homes.
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