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12 killed in China rainstorms

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BEIJING, July 14 (UPI Asia) – At least 12 people have been killed in heavy rainstorms in eastern and southwestern China.

The rainstorms swept across 15 counties on Friday and Saturday in the eastern province of Shandong and southwestern province of Guizhou causing floods and landslides.

Four people were killed in Shandong where floods inundated crops and forced about 100,000 people to flee their homes in low lying areas.

Eight people were killed in landslides triggered by rainstorms in the city of Liupanshui in Guizhou.

Heavy downpours have been forecast in many parts of the state from Saturday to Monday, the China Daily reported.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms have lashed southwest China since Friday affecting about three million people.
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