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China's 1300-year-old Buddha statue endangered by floods

Leshan, Sichuan, China:  A 1,300-year-old stone Buddha in China's Sichuan province has been endangered by floods overloading its surrounding river on Tuesday, according to state media.

The 71-metre-tall Buddha in Leshan city which was built from 713 AD has been surrounded by swollen rivers caused by heavy rains. Its toes were submerged in water at one point, the first time this has happened in 70 years according to state news agency Xinhua. Sichuan launched the highest level of flood emergency response on Tuesday with almost 130,000 residents evacuated and entire villages submerged.

Southern China has been hit by torrential rains this flood season. According to China's Ministry of Emergency Management, more than 54 million people have been affected by the floods in July.

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