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China’s Flooding Death Toll Rises

July 2, 1999

BEIJING (AP) _ Flooding has killed more than 30 people in eastern China’s Anhui province, pushing the nationwide death toll from this summer’s floods to beyond 130, state media said Friday.

Nearly 1.5 million people were fighting the floods in Anhui, caused by rains that fell earlier than usual in the poor province this year, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

The flooding affected more than 5.76 million people and killed more than 30, Xinhua said. It did not provide details on when or how the deaths occurred.

In neighboring Zhejiang province, another million soldiers and civilians were battling floods, and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from inundated areas, Xinhua said in a separate report.

Another 1,100 people were moved from a low-lying area in Zhejiang’s Yuhang city so that officials could divert flood waters, Xinhua reported.

Since the start of the rainy season in early June, parts of Zhejiang have received more than 31 inches of rain, Xinhua said.

State media had already reported more than 100 deaths from flooding, rains and landslides in other parts of the country.

Damage in Anhui was about 302 million, and large swathes of farmland were inundated, Xinhua said.

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