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A girl sits in front of a flooded shop in Chongqing, southwest China, on Thursday.

No letup seen after weeks of flooding that has claimed hundreds of lives

Torrential rains, mud flows and lightning strikes have killed at least 79 people in China this week, state media reported Thursday. Weeks of heavy rain show no sign of letup and one round of storms hit an eastern city Wednesday, killing 31 people and injuring 171. The Health Ministry warned citizens that drinking water supplies were under threat. The most recent deaths were in Jinan, capital of coastal Shandong province, which received a RECORD 7 INCHES OF RAIN within three hours on Wednesday.

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