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Heat followed by heavy rain – thousands evacuated

Tens of thousands of residents in southwestern China have been moved to safer areas due to the risk of flooding. As the state television station CCTV reported on Monday, about 61,000 people in Sichuan have had to leave their houses and apartments since Sunday evening. A flood warning was issued for the Chongqing metropolitan area. Heavy rainfall continues to be forecast for Sichuan province and the Chongqing metropolitan region, which had previously been plagued by heat and drought.

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