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Report: 135 dead in China flooding

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Report: The 'worst flooding in years' continues in south China
  • 35.5 million people have been affected
  • 113,000 homes are reported destroyed

Beijing, China (CNN) -- The death toll rose to 135, with 41 others missing, as "the worst flooding in years" continued unabated in south China, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

Some 35.5 people in 10 Chinese provinces have been affected by the flooding since July 1, Xinhua reported, citing the website of China's Civil Affairs Ministry. The waters have destroyed 113,000 homes, and 1.2 million people have been "relocated," the news agency said.

The flooding resulted from days of heavy rains.

In Jiangxi province alone, eight people have died since July 8, the news agency said. The ministry has dispatched work groups to Jiangxi to direct relief work.