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Death Toll in Chinese Floods Rises Above 1,000


The death toll from weeks of flooding and mudslides in China has risen above 1,000.

Officials said Wednesday that 1,072 people have been recorded as dead and more than 600 are missing. Twenty-eight provinces and some 140 million people have been affected by the flooding.

New concern is focused on the two rivers that form China's border with North Korea, where the Xinhua state news agency says water levels are at dangerous levels. Flooding on the Yalu and Tumen rivers could bring devastation to impoverished North Korea.

Flooding in China's Jilin border province has already killed at least 74 people and forced the evacuation of close to 800,000. No reports are available on the impact in isolated North Korea.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited affected areas Tuesday and Wednesday in Jilin, which is home to a large ethnic Korean community.

Chinese officials say this has been one of the worst years for flooding in the last 100 years. Economic losses have been estimated at more than $30 billion, according to Xinhua, with more rain predicted.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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