China's flood death toll grows

Other News Materials 17 June 2008 10:24 (UTC +04:00)

The death toll from floods in China's south climbed to 169 on Tuesday, as the government warned that torrential rains would continue through the week, reported CNN.

The weekend flooding has affected 38.5 million people in 20 provinces and caused economic losses of $1.5 billion (10.6 billion yuan), according to state-run media.

Authorities said torrential rain was expected to pound the region for another 10 days, raising water levels further, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. The storms will likely flood the 5,500-km (3,417-mile) Yellow River and hinder rescue efforts across China, state newspaper China Daily reported.