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Death toll rises after China floods

The death toll from a bridge collapse triggered by heavy flooding in central China has risen to 51 as the worst weather in a decade wreaked havoc across the country.

Rescuers are still searching for 15 people still missing in Henan province's Yi River after the bridge collapsed more than a week ago as people crowded on to it to watch the flooding.

Floods this year have killed at least 991 people, left 558 missing and caused tens of billions in damage across the country.

More heavy rains are expected to sweep over the north-west, north-east, south-west and central parts of the country.

Over the weekend about 300,000 people were trapped and left without tapwater in their homes in the province of Jilin after torrential rains drenched the industrial city of Tonghua and damaged four major water pipelines.

Flooding has hit areas all over China this year. About 875,000 homes have been destroyed, 9.61 million people evacuated and 22 million acres of crops ruined.


From Belfast Telegraph