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article imageIn Pictures: Flooding in China causing deaths and devastation

By Karen Graham     Jul 5, 2016 in Environment
Heavy rains in central and southern China that started in June have already left over 130 people dead and almost 100 more missing, with more damage to come from a typhoon expected to hit later this week.
The flooding has forced over 1.3 million people from their homes, and in some cases, whole villages have been swept away by the flooding.
In China's Yangtze River basin, 41,000 homes have been destroyed and 1.9 million hectares (4.7 million acres) of crops have been ruined, resulting in economic losses of more than 38 billion yuan ($5.70 billion), reports Reuters.
A school in Tongren city was left completed destroyed  with its buildings and playgrounds swallowed ...
A school in Tongren city was left completed destroyed, with its buildings and playgrounds swallowed by floodwaters.
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While flooding is common during the summer monsoon season, this year, the rains have been particularly heavy. China's vice-premiere warned last month that a strong El Nino effect would probably result in a high risk of flooding in the Yangtze and Huai river basins.
Roads are washed out and fields of crops inundated.
Roads are washed out and fields of crops inundated.
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The nation's national observatory issued an Orange Alert for the country's south and east last week -- the second highest warning in a four-tiered system. Taihu Lake near Shanghai is at its highest level in years, and the area faces a serious risk of flooding if the typhoon hits on Friday.
Even livestock are suffering as farmers rush to save what animals they can. Many pig farmers are slaughtering animals close to market weight and are concentrating their efforts at saving the youngsters.
One farmer stands closeto tears as he surveys his 7 100 pigs  wondering what he can do to save them.
One farmer stands closeto tears as he surveys his 7,100 pigs, wondering what he can do to save them.
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Grabbing a nap.
Grabbing a nap.
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It is the unsung heroes people often forget in times of crisis. These soldiers in the above picture have been working nonstop for days, with little or no sleep.
Rescues are continuing as more rain continues to fall.
Rescues are continuing as more rain continues to fall.
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