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Flooded Hainan clears up

2010-10-11 02:16:01 GMT2010-10-11 10:16:01 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Massive floods caused by torrential rains have forced more than 330,000 people to evacuate their homes in southern China's Hainan province.

At least one fisherman died and three others have been reported missing.

Over 2.5 million people -- about one third of the island province's population -- have been affected after more than 1,000 villages were inundated.

China state television said local authorities have used explosives to blast passages for rapidly rising flood waters, and soldiers have been drafted to aid in rescue efforts.

Military assault boats are being used to ferry emergency food and water supplies to those trapped by flood waters.

Hainan is regularly hit by storms at this time of year.

The deluge has begun to retreat Sunday, but more rain is forecast in the region over the next two weeks.

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