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Week of flooding in southern China kills 37

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    A child tries to ride a bicycle through flood waters in Liling city in south China's Hunan province Sunday.

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    In this photo taken Sunday May 25, 2014, Chinese rescue workers evacuate residents by boats through flood waters in Shangli county in central China's Jiangxi province. Flooding over the past week in China's south has killed 37 people, left six missing, and forced almost half a million people from their homes, the government said Monday, May 26. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

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A child tries to ride a bicycle through flood waters in Liling city in south China's Hunan province Sunday.

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BEIJING  — Flooding over the past week in China’s south has killed 37 people, left six missing, and forced almost half a million people from their homes, the government said today.

The seasonal rains have fallen especially hard on the country’s manufacturing hub of Guangdong province near Hong Kong, where 17 of the deaths were reported.

At least 25,000 homes have been destroyed by the flood waters and at least 440,000 people have been displaced, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a statement on its website.

More thunderstorms were forecast for Guangdong on Tuesday.

China’s worst floods in recent history were in 1998, when 4,150 people died, most of them along the Yangtze River, China’s mightiest.

The massive Three Gorges Dam has largely contained Yangtze flooding, but the problem persists in the south and north.

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