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Floods kill 78 across China, 91 missing, 400,000 evacuated

/ 01:40 PM July 23, 2016
China Floods

In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 photo, a man sits outside of a flooded shop in Shenyang in northeastern China’s Liaoning Province. Dozens of people have been killed and dozens more are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses. AP

BEIJING — At least 78 people have been killed and another 91 are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs said late Friday that more than 400,000 people have been evacuated.

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The northern province of Hebei is the worst-hit with 36 people dead and another 77 missing.

READ: At least 75 dead, missing in recent China flooding

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In the Hebei town of Xingtai alone, nine people were killed and 11 unaccounted for.

Local police blames a failure of a river levee for the heavy casualties, but villagers have complained to local media that they were not notified in time to evacuate when authorities decided to discharge floodwater from an upstream reservoir.

READ: Heavy flooding in China leaves 181 dead or missing

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