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Submerged cars and motorcycles mark where the streets are underneath the murky waters, and residents gaze from the porches and windows of their flooded homes. Heavy rain this week has pushed flood waters across 11 provinces of China, killing scores of people. Dozens more are missing. More than a million people have fled the rising waters so far, and more rain is expected. The Chinese news agency, Xinhua, says the floods have caused some 38-billion yuan, or 5.6 billion dollars, in crop losses so far and the summer grain has yet to be harvested.

It also reports that in the southern province of Hunan, torrential rain and flooding had forced more than 100 trains to stop or take detours since midnight on Sunday. In one city, about 3 tonnes of gasoline and diesel leaked from a petrol station and into a nearby river, it said. With the waters still rising, officials are now casting worried eyes on the dikes that line many of the area's waterways.

BEIJING — Torrential rains and floods across the southern half of China have besieged cities and towns for days. Nearly 200 people had died by Friday in drownings, landslides and as buildings collapsed, including 35 buried by a landslide in the far west. Nearly two million people have been moved to safer ground while swollen rivers and lakes strain dikes and dams.

 

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