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Death toll in China flooding climbs to 377

The death toll in China's flood fury has risen to 377, including 235 in the heavy rains in Southern China.

world Updated: Jun 26, 2010 00:09 IST

The death toll in China's flood fury has risen to 377, including 235 in the heavy rains in Southern China.

A total of 377 people have been killed in floods this year across the nation, and 147 remain missing, office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said in a statement.

Flooding this year has affected 64.57 million people in China's 22 provinces, municipalities and regions, as well as inundating about four million hectares of crops,

A total of 4.35 million people have been evacuated due to the flood, which destroyed 368,000 homes and caused economic losses reaching 75.6 billion yuan (USD 11.13 billion), the statement said.

Two hundred and thirty five people were killed and 109 missing in the latest round floods in central China.

More than 34 million people in southern and central provinces -- Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou -- had been affected by the weather, with roughly 3 million people evacuated, a statement from the ministry said today.

Almost two million hectares of farmland had been flooded, with 16.5 per cent of the crops completely destroyed.

About 239,000 homes had collapsed and 640,000 were damaged.

Total economic losses are estimated at 53.35 billion yuan (USD 7.84 billion).

In addition to the 30,500 tents and 20,000 cotton quilts already sent to disaster-hit areas, the ministry allocated another 30,000 cotton quilts to Jiangxi, 20,000 cotton quilts and foldable beds to Hunan, and 20,000 cotton quilts and 3,000 tents to Guangdong, Xinhua reported.