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More than 200 dead in China flooding

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Flooding in China has killed 377 this year
  • 211 dead in recent flooding
  • Heavy rains and flooding affect 10 provinces
  • Hundreds of workers try to shore up 2 dikes
RELATED TOPICS
  • China
  • Floods
  • Xinhua News Agency

Beijing, China (CNN) -- Hundreds of workers tried Friday to shore up two dikes on a river in eastern China as the area dealt with continued deadly flooding, state-run media reported.

The death toll from the flooding over the past 11 days in China was 211, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Dozens more were missing.

More than 300 workers were at the Fu River trying to fix the dikes, which officials predicted woiuld be repaired in six days, Xinhua reported.

In Fuzhou City, the Fuhe River flooded for a second time Wednesday, two days after a dike burst elsewhere on the river, causing 100,000 people to evacuate, the provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.

They were relocated to downtown Fuzhou -- 30,000 people were staying in shelters; 70,000 were bunking with friends and relatives.

The flooding has affected 10 provinces in China.

So far this year, floods in China have killed 377 people and left 142 others missing, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said in a statement on its website.

This year, flooding has affected 64.57 million people in China's 22 provinces, municipalities and regions and has inundated 4 million hectares (9.9 million acres) of crops, the statement said.

In all, 4.35 million people were evacuated due to the flood waters, which destroyed 368,000 homes and caused economic losses that exceeded $11.13 billion, it said.

 
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