Published July 21, 2013
BEIJING – China says flooding this year has left at least 337 people dead and 213 missing, due mainly to unusually wet summer weather.
The government's anti-flooding headquarters said Sunday that floods this year have struck across 30 provinces and municipalities and affected more than 47 million people.
The headquarters said landslides have accounted for 202, or about 60 percent, of the confirmed deaths.
China saw an average of 165.4 millimeters (6.51 inches) of rain between June 1 and July 15, 5 percent more than usual and the most during that period in five years. Central China has been hardest hit, receiving 40.1 percent more rain than usual during that six-week period.
China's worst floods in recent history were in 1998, when 4,150 people died, most along the Yangtze River, China's mightiest.