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Floods leave 200 dead, missing in China

Torrential rains are expected to pound the region for another 10 days

The death toll from floods in southern China has risen to 112, according to the China News Agency, CNN reports.

Authorities have said torrential rains are expected to pound the region for another 10 days, raising water levels further, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The floods have added to the misery of a country still counting its losses after last month`s devastating earthquake.

Casualty numbers vary, with CCTV, a state-run television network, saying at least 200 people are dead or are missing.

Experts believe the flooding threat will peak Wednesday due to the pull of the moon, the agency added.

The hardest-hit provinces are Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi.

In Guangxi at least 70,000 people were evacuated Monday, Xinhua said, bringing the number forced to leave their homes to at least 916,000. Meanwhile the China News Agency said the floods have displaced 1.27 million people.

Around 67,000 houses have been destroyed and 2.5 million acres (1.02 hectares) of crops ruined, the China News Agency added.

The storms will likely flood the 3,417-mile (5,500-km) Yellow River and hinder rescue efforts across China, state newspaper China Daily reported.

The Guangdong provincial HQ of flood control and drought relief said that two rivers, the Xijiang and the Beijiang, which converge on the delta, currently have a a combined runoff of 62,000 cubic meters per second, reported China`s Xinhua state news agency -- much higher than normal.

The flooding is the latest natural disaster to hit China, which is still reeling from a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern China on May 12, killing more than 69,000 people.

CNN

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