Heavy flooding in southern China kills 12

BEIJING: The Chinese state news agency is reporting 12 people have died in widespread flooding in southern China.

Xinhua News Agency says the flooding affected 649,000 people in Qingyuan city in Guangdong province as of Saturday afternoon with 3,300 houses collapsing.

The report estimates the flooding has caused $293 million in losses.

Elsewhere, more than 20,000 residents in the town of Shitan still lack drinking water after flood waters polluted a reservoir.

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