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[China, July 7, 2003] 7 dams have been intentionally exploded open to relieve the flooding situation on Huai River in Anhui Province. By this weekend, the water had reached 1.23 meter above the security line, hitting a record-breaking level. 220,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and at least 5 have died. The economic loss for Anhui Province alone is 4.8 billion RMB. China’s Civil Affairs Ministry reported a week ago that 148 persons had died of floods by the end of June.

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