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June 20, 2011
Flooding in China continues as dikes near overflowing

BEIJING (AP) -- More than 40 miles of dikes are in danger of overflowing in an eastern Chinese province where floods have caused $1.2 billion in losses, authorities said Monday as the country neared a critical point in battling seasonal rains. Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend, and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, said Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control headquarters. The level of Lanjiang river has now hit 110 feet (34 meters), the highest since 1966, the headquarters said.
Recent flooding has destroyed 600,000 acres (241,600 hectares) of farmland and caused 1,846 companies to stop production in Zhejiang, incurring 7.69 billion yuan ($1.19 billion) in direct economic losses, the flood control agency said. Of these, 3.4 billion yuan were agricultural losses. ( 30 images)

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A Chinese man wades through a flooded street with his tricycle in Lanxi city in east China's Zhejiang province Monday, June 20, 2011. Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply. AP / CHINATOPIX


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People wade through a flooded street in Lanxi city in east China's Zhejiang province Monday, June 20, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A tricycle wades through a flooded street as people on a wooden boat pass by, in Lanxi city in east China's Zhejiang province Monday, June 20, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Villagers use a wooden boat to transfer their pigs from a flooded hogpen in suburb Lanxi city in east China's Zhejiang province Monday, June 20, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A man on a motor scooter makes his way through floodwater in Yingtan, east China's Jiangxi Province on June 19, 2011. Xinhua News Agency / Hu Nan



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Armed policemen help villagers evacuate in Longtoushan town of Dexing city, east China's Jiangxi Province on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Xinhua News Agency / Zhou Ke



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A Chinese man clears the floating garbage in front of buses submerged in floodwaters in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Two men on a motorcycle are stuck in floodwaters in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Chinese people wade through a flooded pavement in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A Chinese woman wade through a flooded road as a car passes by in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Commuters wait for buses at a bus station submerged in floodwater in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Motorists and people wade through floodwaters in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A Chinese woman uses a pail to remove water from a flooded store in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A young man wades through a flooded store in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Saturday, June 18, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A man tries to hold up a woman after stepping into a drain while attempting to walk through flood waters in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality on Friday, June 17, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A Chinese man pushes a makeshift drum raft while a child sit on it in a flooded street in Xianing city in central China's Hubei province on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A Chinese man looks around while a woman walks out from her shop submerged with flood water in Xianing city in central China's Hubei province on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A Chinese man rows a makeshift raft in a flooded street in Xianing city in central China's Hubei province on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Students walk across a flooded area by stepping on chairs at the Hubei University in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A student walks across a flooded area by stepping on chairs at the Hubei University in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Residents walk past houses destroyed by a landslide triggered by torrential rain in Zhanqiao township of Linxiang city in south China's Hunan province Monday, June 13, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Li Xueliang, right, carries a coffin prepared for his parents over the aftermath of a landslide that killed them both, in Linxiang city in south China's Hunan province on Sunday, June 12, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A woman sits in the aftermath of a landslide triggered by torrential rain at Guanshan village in Linxiang city in south China's Hunan province on Sunday, June 12, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Residents walk across the scene of a landslide triggered by torrential rain in the remote village of Guanshan in Linxiang city in southern China's Hunan province Saturday June 11, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A woman mourns over the coffin for a landslide victim in Zhanqiao township in southern China's Hunan province Saturday, June 11, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A resident watches as an excavator attempts to clear a landslide triggered by torrential rain that hit Pingjiang county of Yueyang city in south China's Hunan province on Friday, June 10, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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A man cries after his wife and two sons are killed by a landslide triggered by torrential rain that hit Pingjiang county of Yueyang city in southern China's Hunan province on Friday, June 10, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Residents wade through flood waters as a car drives by in Xianning city in central China's Hubei province, Friday, June 10, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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Li Dawu stands by a door in flood in Chongyang county, central China's Hubei province, on Friday June 10, 2011. Xinhua News Agency / Cheng Min



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Residents wade through flood waters in a residential neighborhood in Xianning city in central China's Hubei province on Friday, June 10, 2011. AP / CHINATOPIX



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