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Two dams collapse in China’s Inner Mongolia after heavy raining.

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On Monday, China’s water ministry said that two dams in Inner Mongolia’s Hulunbuir have collapsed after heavy raining. The dams were believed to be in poor condition and they collapsed on Sunday afternoon after heavy raining saw 87 millimeters of rainfall in the area during the weekend, and 223 millimeters in a nearby monitoring station. The water unleashed from the dams flooded nearby towns. The damage is being described as catastrophic.

Several videos have been uploaded on social media showing the devastation created by the flooding after the dams collapsed. Authorities announced that all locals were evacuated before the water reached the towns and no casualties have been reported. On WeChat the Hulunbuir city government said that 16,660 people have been affected by the flooding, with around 53,807 acres of farmland destroyed.

More details to follow.

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