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DEATH TOLL TOPS 360 IN SOUTH CHINA FLOODING

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Flooding from torrential rains in southern China has killed more than 360 people in recent weeks, and more rain is on the way, official news reports said Sunday.

In Guangxi province on China's border with Vietnam, flooding since late May has killed more than 100 people and destroyed thousands of homes, the Economic Daily said. The newspaper said the floods were the worst to hit Guangxi since the 1949 Communist takeover.In neighboring Guangdong province, the death toll in the city of Qingyuan reached 62, the Yangcheng Daily said. Troops shored up flood defenses as a local river rose toward record levels, the newspaper said.

Meteorologists predicted more rain, the Shenzhen Daily said. Canton, the capital of Guangdong province, and nearby Foshan city also were threatened by flooding, it said.

State-run television said flooding in Hunan province, north of Guangdong, killed at least 120 people and destroyed 46,000 structures. The Guangming Daily newspaper said floodwaters in Hunan were at their highest level this century. The official media already had reported 26 deaths in Jiangxi province, which adjoins Guangdong and Hunan, and 58 deaths in Guangdong when Typhoon Russ struck in early June.

In Zhejiang province on China's east coast, flooding killed 28 people and caused $267 million in damage, the China News Service said.