China flood death toll rises to 132

China flood death toll rises to 132

The death toll from torrential downpours across large swaths of southern China has reached 132 and more storms are forecast in the coming days, authorities say.

The Chinese ministry of water resources said on Sunday that 86 other people were missing and more than 10 million have been affected by the flooding in nine southern provinces, Press TV reported.

The country's National Meteorological Centre has issued its highest alert, saying that flood-control work will face enormous challenges.

The thunderstorms have collapsed reservoirs, caused landslides and damaged highways in the country. Economic losses so far are estimated to be around $1.5 billion.

China witnesses major floods annually along the Yangtze and other major rivers, but this year's flooding has been especially heavy, spreading in the south of the country and along the eastern coast.

The flooding follows on the heels of the worst drought in a century for the Chinese southern provinces and regions of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi.

The drought has left millions without drinking water and destroyed more than 5 million hectares of crops.

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