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Flood kills 76 in China’s northeast city

August 24, 2013

BEIJING (AP) — A river flood triggered by torrential rains has killed 76 people and left another 88 missing in a northeastern Chinese city, the official Xinhua News said Saturday.

A siren wailed, and mourners stood in silence in a memorial service held Saturday in the city of Fushun, Xinhua said.

A statement by the Fushun city government declared Saturday as a citywide day of condolence and that all public entertainment activities should be halted for the day.

Located in a mountainous area, Fushun has been hit hard by floods ravaging China’s northeastern provinces this month. Dozens more have been reported killed elsewhere in the region by the floods.

Fushun Mayor Luan Qingwei told the memorial service that the flood was the worst for decades for the city, where a river cuts through the downtown, according to Xinhua.

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