Flooding Kills More Than 330 So Far This Year In China

BEIJING (July 21, 2013)--Flooding this year in China left at least 337 people dead and 213 missing, mainly because of unusually wet summer weather, the government's anti-flooding headquarters said Sunday.

Floods this year have struck across 30 provinces and municipalities and affected more than 47 million people, the headquarters said.

The headquarters said landslides have accounted for 202, or about 60 percent, of the confirmed deaths.

China received an average of 6.51 inches of rain between June 1 and July 15, five percent more than usual and the most during that period in five years.

Central China has been hardest hit, receiving 40.1 percent more rain than usual during that six-week period.

China's worst floods in recent history were in 1998, when 4,150 people died, most along the Yangtze River, China's mightiest.

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