7 Jun 2011

14 dead, scores missing after flooding in China

5:14 pm on 7 June 2011

At least 14 people have been killed in raging flood waters that have swept through China's south-western Guizhou province.

Scores of people are missing, and 45,000 have left their homes ahead of more flooding. Roads, bridges and hundreds of homes and cars have been destroyed, the BBC reports.

State news agency Xinhua reports the flooding comes after months of crop-destroying drought in the centre and north of the country.

Officials say the floods have hit 11 cities and counties since Friday.

Some areas along the Yangtze River have suffered their worst drought in 50 years.

Analysts say crop shortages in China could affect prices around the world.