Mudslide sends boulders down next to homes and cars get washed away by floodwaters in China

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A massive mudslide sent huge boulders down the side of a mountain just metres away from a residential complex in a Chinese city today.

Terrifying footage shows the mountainside collapsing next to several tower blocks in Fujian Province in south-eastern China.

Raging floodwaters then burst into the neighbourhood and swept away parked cars as if they were toys. 

The extreme weather in the city of Sanming was caused by continuous rain. 

Sanming meteorological bureau yesterday issued a yellow alert for heavy rain, forecasting downpours with a precipitation rate of 50mm (2.0in) per hour in the 24 hours to follow.

A city-wide emergency rescue campaign was launched.

The level of the local Shaxi River rose rapidly as a result of the rainfalls. 

The waterway peaked at 5:45am today local time, reaching about 3.5 metres (11.4 feet) above its warning level, reported People’s Daily. 

Several parts of the city centre were submerged due to flooding and more than 200 residents had to be evacuated, said Xinhua. 

No casualties have been reported as a result of the adverse weather. 

Heavy rainfalls have also ravaged multiple cities in southern China’s Guangxi Province. 

At least one person was killed over the weekend and four people remain missing after floods battered the cities of Liuzhou and Guilin, reported Xinhua.

The flooding, said to be one of the most severe in a century, caused 23 rivers to exceed its warning water levels in 33 observation stations.

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