Thousands stranded, 5 killed, as heavy rain lashes south China

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This aerial photo taken on June 9, 2019 shows a general view of submerged buildings after heavy rain caused flooding in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region. (AFP)
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This photo taken on June 9, 2019 shows cars driving through floodwater in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region after heavy rainstorm hit the area. (AFP)
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This aerial photo taken on June 9, 2019 shows streets submerged by floodwater in Guilin in China's southern Guangxi region after heavy rainstorm hit the area. (AFP)
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Paramilitary officers rescue stranded villagers at a flooded field in Quanzhou county, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China June 9, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 11 June 2019
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Thousands stranded, 5 killed, as heavy rain lashes south China

  • Rainfall in Jiangxi reached as much as 688 millimeters (27 inches), according to a notice by China’s meteorological administration

SHANGHAI: Thousands of people have been stranded and at least five killed amid torrential rain throughout central and southern China, with authorities bracing themselves for at least another four days of downpours, state media reported on Tuesday.
The official China Daily said floods had wiped out 10,800 hectares of crops and destroyed hundreds of houses in the Jiangxi province by Monday, with a total of 1.4 million people affected and direct economic losses amounting to 2.65 billion yuan ($382.41 million).
In the region of Guangxi in the southwest, 20,000 households had their power cut and roads, bridges and other infrastructure were severely damaged, the China Daily said.
Rainfall in Jiangxi reached as much as 688 millimeters (27 inches), according to a notice by China’s meteorological administration. It said rain in parts of Jiangxi and Hunan had hit record highs for June.
The administration said rainstorms were expected to spread to Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan and Taiwan by Thursday. It also warned authorities to be on their guard against severe thunderstorms and the possibility of small rivers bursting their banks in coming days. ($1 = 6.9298 Chinese yuan renminbi)


France, Germany sign European jet fighter deal

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France, Germany sign European jet fighter deal

  • The new agreement will include a new generation combat aircraft
  • The development phase is expected to start by 2030

LE BOURGET, France: France, Germany and Spain agreed Monday to develop a European fighter jet and air combat system, as they bolster efforts to reduce their dependency on the United States.
Defense ministers from the three countries signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show that lays out how the countries will cooperate on the project, which would include a new-generation combat aircraft.
French President Emmanuel Macron presided over the signing. The project fits in with his ambition to increase European cooperation at a time when the United States under President Donald Trump is showing an increasing reluctance to support the continent militarily.
It’s going to take time though. The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is not expected to be operational until 2040. Requirements for the air combat system that will also include drones will be decided by 2027 and the development phase should start by 2030.
French Defense minister Florence Parly said the deal is “concrete proof that Europe is capable of anticipating tomorrow’s great strategic challenges.”
“The FCAS is a major asset to tackle the power struggles of the second half of the 21st century. What is happening today is historic,” she said.
Dassault Aviation and Airbus are set to build the jets which will eventually replace Rafale and Eurofighters.
The program was launched by Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2017. Airbus says it will be connected and operable with a wide variety of aircraft, satellites, NATO systems as well as land and naval combat systems.
Authorities have not said how much it would cost but the dpa news agency estimates it could be $112 billion.