Scores dead as floods and rainfall hit China

At least 105 people have died and 115 are missing after days of torrential rain, as Emily Thomas reports

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At least 105 people have died and 115 are missing after floods and a typhoon hit parts of China, state media report.

Heavy rain since Wednesday has caused floods in the north-eastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang.

Southern China has been hit by Typhoon Utor, which made landfall in Guangdong province, where 22 people have been killed, reports say.

Neighbouring Hunan province and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region have also been affected by the typhoon.

The storm passed through Guangdong last week, but the heavy rains which followed it have brought more chaos to the region.

Crop failure
Map showing provinces of China affected by flooding

China's Xinhua news agency described the floods in the north-east as the "worst in decades".

The floods have caused crop failure across 256,000 hectares of farmland in the region, which is one of China's major bread baskets, Xinhua reports.

More than 8 million residents of the north-east have been affected by the floods.

Almost 3,000 soldiers are helping with relief efforts, reports say.

People stand in a flooded street after heavy rainfalls hit Fushun, Liaoning province (18 August 2013) The city of Fushun in Liaoning province has been particularly badly affected by the heavy rains
People walk past a car stranded in mud after heavy rainfalls hit Fushun, Liaoning province (17 August 2013) Several days of downpours have left many streets in Fushun impassable
Soldiers and local residents reinforce an embankment to prevent flood from an overflowing river in Heihe, Heilongjiang province (17 August 2013) These farmers in Heilongjiang province worked with soldiers on Saturday to reinforce an embankment. Chinese officials say the floods have caused total crop failure in areas of the country's north-east.
A rescue worker carries a woman out of a flooded area in Daoxian county, Hunan province, August 18, 2013 Southern China has also seen severe flooding following Typhoon Utor
Rescuers carry a woman across a flooded street after Typhoon Utor hit Jiangyong county, Hunan province (17 August 2013) Hunan province is one of three regions in southern China which have suffered from heavy rains in the typhoon's aftermath

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