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Floods threaten "Roof of the World"--China, Tibet
2004 07 11

BEIJING - Floods are threatening wide tracts of the remote Tibetan plateau after rainfall in some areas hit record highs, China's Xinhua news agency says.

More than 31,000 people in 34 counties in Tibet had been affected by flooding, the official agency said on Sunday.

Tibet's rainy season came earlier than usual this year and, in some places, rainfall in the May-June period was double the amount normally recorded, it quoted meteorologists as saying.

Recent storms have caused at least three deaths in the region, a plateau standing more than 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) high and known as the Roof of the World.

Two teenage Tibetans were washed away by a flash flood in the county of Xaitongmoin in July, Xinhua said.

Over the past week, storms have wreaked havoc across China, which battles summer floods every year along the Yangtze and Yellow rivers and other waterways.

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