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China floods death toll at 185

About 45 others have been reported missing, while 500,000 Chinese people have been displaced.

FILE: This picture taken on 2 July 2016 shows people crossing a flooded street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. Picture: STR/AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 185 people have been killed in eastern China following more than two weeks of torrential rain and flooding.

hubei,China. #flood #flooding pic.twitter.com/QowiJ3emcn



About 45 others have been reported missing, while 500,000 Chinese people have been displaced.

Authorities say at least 9,000 homes have been seriously damaged, or completely destroyed, with hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops washed away.

【中国26省份遭洪灾 死亡失踪231人损失506亿元】 #China #Flood Control HQ: 186 people dead, 45 missing nationwide since rainy season began pic.twitter.com/QppyXY7lhg



CNN is reporting that people have flood water up to their waist and are trying to find higher ground.

China Flood Control HQ: 186 people dead, 45 missing, 33 mln affected nationwide since rainy season began pic.twitter.com/YRX8xtFXXo



The economic loss is expected to total at least $7.6 billion.