Hundreds killed as storms rage on in China

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The Independent Online

Southern China is bracing for its second powerful storm in less than a week, as the death toll from floods and landslides caused by rain reached 700.

Tropical storm Chanthu is expected to make landfall in Guangdong and Hainan provinces on Thursday. The government has advised people to stay indoors.

Typhoon Conson skirted the resort island of Hainan last week, killing two people. Much of southern and central China has been suffering flooding and landslides after weeks of downpours.

At least 701 people have died since the start of the year as a result of the rains, and 347 are missing.

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