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Rain-triggered floods have killed 1,072 people and left 619 others missing so far this year in China.
The deputy director of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters says the floods have affected 140 million people in 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, and caused direct economic losses estimated at more than two hundred billion yuan. More than a million homes have been destroyed and nearly 10-million hectares of farmlands damaged. China's largest waterways, including the Yangtze, the Yellow, and the Songhua rivers, have all swollen to dangerous levels following the heavy rains. The rains have inundated more than 160 cities across the country while eight reservoirs collapsed.
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