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Millions affected by China flooding


More than five million people are believed to have been affected by severe floods in eastern China, amid predictions of further heavy rains in the coming days.

The Chinese government has raised its disaster alert to the highest level as the flooding has caused more than $700m worth of damage.

"Severe floods triggered by heavy rains will continue to threaten parts of southern China," Chen Lei, minister of water resources, said on Monday.

"There is an increasing possibility that downpours, with enhanced frequency and intensity, will continue to lash regions in the south," he said in a speech posted on his ministry's website.

Heavy rains hit Zhejiang province over the weekend and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the flood control headquarters, said.

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