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Henan flooding death toll climbs to 63

By Shi Baoyin in Zhengzhou and Li Lei in Beijing | | Updated: 2021-07-25 16:49
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Firefighters dispatched from Shandong province join forces to transfer stranded residents in Weishi town of Kaifeng city, Henan province, on July 22, 2021. [Photo by Bai Fangshuo/for]

The number of deaths from flooding in Central China's Henan province rose to 63 as of noon Sunday, with five still missing, a local official said.

The heavy downpours have affected nearly 11.45 million residents in 139 counties across the province, said Li Changxun, deputy head of the province's emergency management department.

Over 1.31 million residents have been relocated to safer places, he said at a news conference held in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou.

A total of 876,600 hectares of crops have been affected and more than 8,800 families' houses have collapsed, Li said.

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