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Death toll in China landslides, floods up to 1,117

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ZHOUQU, China — State media say the death toll in Sunday's landslides in northwestern China has risen to 1,117.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency cites local authorities. Wednesday's report says 627 people are still missing.

On Tuesday, the death toll was reported as 702, with more than 1,000 missing.

Entire communities in Gansu province's Zhouqu district were swallowed up when the debris-choked Bailong River jumped its banks Sunday.

Heavy rains were lashing the area Wednesday, and the hopes of finding more survivors were fading.