Guangdong officials expect the province to be invaded by thousands of migrant workers who lost their homes in the floods. An official from the Provincial Labour Bureau said there had already been 'obvious increases' in jobseekers from other provinces in Guangdong during the past month. But he warned that since Guangdong had to deal with more than 100,000 unemployed workers, vacancies for the migrants would be very limited. Labour officials had been told to give priority to locals, he said. 'Jobseekers from other provinces risk leaving Guangdong empty-handed,' the official told newspapers in the province. Millions of migrant workers are already employed by manufacturers in Guangdong who take advantage of being able to pay them low wages and export their products to overseas markets. Official figures show more than 223 million people were affected by the floods. Some provinces, including Jiangxi and Hunan, have encouraged victims to seek work elsewhere. More than 4,000 of the 15,000 flood victims from Heilongjiang's Dorbod Mongolzu, near Daqing, had already headed south for work, the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency reported yesterday. But the agency quoted a research official from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mo Rong, as saying the chance of a mass exodus was low. Most flood victims were aware of the lack of opportunities in cities and that the reconstruction of flooded areas needed labourers to repair damage.