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By 4pm Wednesday Beijing time, the death toll from heavy rains and floods in southern China has climbed to 211, with 119 others still missing. The floods are the worst in 50 years for some regions.
The eight affected provinces are Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Guizhou. Chongqing Municipality and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have also been hit hard.
Nearly 30 million people have been affected by the severe weather, with more than 2.4 million evacuated. Millions hectares of farmland have been flooded and more than 10 percent of crops have been completely destroyed. The direct economic loss has hit 43 billion yuan.