Typhoon season to bring more rain to flood-plagued China
BEIJING (WKOW) -- More than 1,000 people have died or disappeared in China's severe flooding this year, and a top official says the worst is yet to come with typhoon season.
This year's flooding has brought the highest tolls across the board in more than a decade. Flood waters have killed 701 people and left 347 missing. In 1998, the highest water levels in five decades claimed 4,150 lives.
Damage is estimated at $21 billion. Three quarters of China's provinces have suffered flooding and 25 rivers have seen record-high water levels.
Flooding along the Yangtze River basin has overwhelmed reservoirs, swamped towns and cities, and caused landslides that toppled 645,000 houses.
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