Death toll in China floods rises to 43

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 5:01 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A government news agency says the death toll in flooding in China's northeast and southeast has risen to 43 and landslides blocked a major train line.

The Xinhua News Agency said 12 deaths were reported Sunday in Liaoning province. That added to a total of 25 deaths reported earlier in Heilongjiang and Jilin, the other two provinces in China's northeast.

In the south, six people were reported were killed by flooding and landslides in Guangdong province, which abuts Hong Kong.

Xinhua said landslides blocked the rail linking Beijing with Guangzhou, the country's southern railway center, delaying some 80,000 passengers.

China suffers flooding each summer rainy season but Xinhua has said this year's inundation is the northeast's most severe in decades. Several hundred thousand residents have been relocated.

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