China flood death toll rises to 76, as villages submerged

The death toll from nearly a week of heavy rain in southern China rose to 76 on Tuesday, as reports emerged of authorities deliberately flooding some villages in an effort to save bigger cities. More than 13.5 million people have been affected by the disaster, which has caused an estimated 4.73 billion yuan (US$606 million) in economic losses, the civil affairs ministry reported on its website. Full Story

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