Death toll from month of flooding in China at 90

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 12:29 AM
Death toll from month of flooding in China at 90

The death toll from a month of flooding triggered by heavy rains across China has climbed to 90, with another 22 people missing.

The floods have swelled rivers in nine provinces, including Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan, forcing nearly 1 million people to flee their homes and causing more than $4 billion in damages, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on its website late Wednesday.

Landslides and mudslides have toppled homes and blocked roads, and the National Meteorological Center forecast that the torrential rains will last through the weekend.

About 29,000 homes have been submerged in Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan, the ministry reported.

The floods in Shaanxi in the northwest are the worst in 50 years, Xinhua News Agency reported.

In Sichuan, water levels of the Qujiang River rose about 22 feet (almost 7 meters) above its danger levels _ the highest in the river's history.

Photos from the province posted on Xinhua's website showed homes and cars submerged in water and people rowing to safety.

China's Meteorological Administration reported that more than 40 rivers had surpassed their warning levels as a result of lower temperatures and more rain than normal.