Storms kill 377 in China, causes $11 billion in damage

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June 25, 2010 14:15

 
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BEIJING — The death toll from storms that have pounded southern China for more than a week has climbed to 377, the government said Friday.

The toll is expected to rise as 142 people are missing and more rain is expected, according to the China Meteorological Administration website. That threatens to hamper rescue efforts that have seen 4.4 million people evacuated from their homes.

The death toll climbed from 211 in the past two days as heavy rains fell in the southern regions of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on its website.

The government says the flooding has caused about $11 billion in damages.

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