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China braced for more flooding

Torrential rains that have left more than 170 people dead or missing in China are forecast to continue.

A flooded river in eastern China was at its highest level in more than 50 years as thousands of passenger were stranded after landslides buried parts of a railway line in the south-west.

Over the past two weeks the floods have forced thousands of people to leave their homes in regions along the Yangtze River.

The rains generated landslides and mudslides that have toppled homes.

Rain-triggered landslides crushed parts of a railway line in south-western China, stranding 5,000 passengers on four trains overnight and affecting train service, said local railway authorities.

Over 2,000 rescuers with 10 excavators rushed to clear the Chengdu-Kunming railway, which links the provincial capitals of Sichuan and Yunnan, the Chengdu Railway Bureau said.

The bureau has sent food and water to the trapped passengers, and buses to evacuate them, said the statement.

In eastern Zhejiang, the province's main river is at its highest level since 1955, said China's flood control agency. The Qiantang River was 7.9 feet above safety levels, it said.

Elsewhere in the coastal province, a dike breached and flooded 18 villages while landslides toppled about 2,500 houses and flooded 350 roads.

The country's weather agency said a new round of downpours began on Friday.

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