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Weather events blamed for more than 100 deaths in China

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Beijing, Aug 19 (EFE).- Devastating floods in northeast China and torrential rains in the south have left 105 dead, thousands evacuated and millions of people affected, authorities said Monday.

In the northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, 72 fatalities and 100 missing persons have been confirmed up to Monday, after several rivers overflowed and flooded entire municipalities.

The town of Fushun in Liaoning received around 400 millimeters (almost 16 inches) of rainfall in just 24 hours.

The heavy rains have raised to a dangerous level the three main rivers in the area: the Amur, Songhua and Ussuri, which have overflowed in some areas and have demolished or seriously damaged some 50,000 homes.

More than 300,000 people have now been evacuated, while some 3.7 million have been affected, according to figures provided by China's official Xinhua news agency.

More rain is expected in the area this week.

While the northeast is suffering its worst flooding in decades, the rains do not let up in the south, where citizens are still suffering from the effects of Typhoon Utor, which swept through the provinces of Canton and Guangxi.

The floods and rain-driven mudslides in the region have now left 33 dead and 10 missing, some 320,000 evacuated and 8.3 million affected in all.

Meanwhile, the summer has brought central and eastern China one of their most intense heat waves in years, which has caused the deaths of 31 people so far this month.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach 40 C (104 F) this week in the worst affected areas.

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