China Floods and Landslides Force 55,000 to Flee

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Flooding in southern China has prompted more than 55,000 people to leave their homes, according to a state-run media report Wednesday. So far this month more than 170 lost their lives as a result.

The rains lashed Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces and more than 53,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Hubei's Xianning City, when heavy rainfall raised the level of a local river by five meters.

In Chongqing, floodwaters raged through small towns, forcing many residents to seek higher and drier ground.

The rain is expected to last until Friday in some regions.