More than 130 people died and scores remained missing after heavy rains touched off floods and landslides in China this week, officials said Saturday. Meanwhile, meteorologists warned that more thunderstorms were expected in the coming days.
In northern China, where most of the deaths were concentrated, the worst-hit area was Hebei province, which encircles the capital, Beijing. At least 72 people died there, the provincial branch of the Ministry of Civil Affairs told the official New China News Agency on Saturday. An additional 78 people were still missing in Hebei as of Saturday.
Authorities put the number of affected people at more than 8 million, with nearly 300,000 evacuated.
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