China Floods: Dozens Killed after Days of Rain

BBC reports on severe floods in China that have killed dozens of people in , Henan and Shaanxi Provinces:

Officials said 12.3 million people were affected in Sichuan, Henan and Shaanxi provinces – in the south-west, centre and north of China.

The flooding in Sichuan was expected to be the worst since records began in 1847, Chinese media reported.

The have damaged crops and delayed harvests, reports said.

More than 120,000 houses have collapsed and economic losses are estimated at $2.7bn (£1.7bn), the Ministry of Civil Affairs said. Twenty-nine people were missing, the ministry said in a statement.

See also a report from AP.

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