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Report: Rains Kill 8 in SE China

April 16, 2000

BEIJING (AP) _ Torrential rains killed eight people on China’s southeastern coast near Hong Kong, damaging homes and flooding farmland, state newspapers said.

The storm, which raged from late Friday into Saturday, killed six people in Shenzhen, a bustling business center on the Hong Kong border, the Beijing Morning Post and other newspapers said Sunday.

One person was electrocuted while working in the rain in the nearby city of Zhongshan, and another person died in Zhuhai, north of the former Portuguese colony of Macao, the reports said.

Five people in Shenzhen were missing, the Post said.

The reports said 25.1 inches of rain fell on the area in 24 hours. A photo in the Post showed soldiers evacuating Shenzhen residents on makeshift rafts through chest-deep water.

Local officials in Guangdong weren’t immediately available for comment.

Estimates of damage run tens of millions of dollars, the Post said. It said 4,500 homes in Shenzhen were damaged but didn’t give details.

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