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Floods batter southwestern China

Heaviest downpour since records began dumps 305mm of rain in Nanchuan district in three days, official news agency says.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

Downpours have battered a large area of southwestern China, triggering flash floods, cutting off power supplies and disrupting transport in some parts, state media has reported.

Sanquan township in Nanchuan district, Chongqing, has received 305mm of rain in the past three days, the heaviest downpour since records began, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing meteorological authorities.

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BAJAU LAUT, PHILIPPINES

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Those who have seen “Cast away” with Tom Hanks probably imagined what it would be like drifting on a small boat in an open sea. But it is hard to believe that there is actually a community spending ever hour of every day out on the open water. The Bajau community charts the waters of the Sulu Sea off the southwestern coast of The Philippines with many going their whole lives without ever setting foot on dry land. In fact, the community only sets foot on land to bury their dead or to construct new boats. And would you believe that they claim to suffer from land sickness when they leave their boats?