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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June, 2005, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
China school flood kills scores
At least 64 people have been killed in north-eastern China, when a torrent of water engulfed their primary school.

The disaster happened at 1400 (0600 GMT) on Friday in Shalan, a town in Heilongjiang province, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Xinhua said 62 of those who died were pupils of the Changan Primary School - the other two were adults.

This is the latest in a series of disasters in China caused by heavy rains in recent weeks.

At least 250 people are known to have died in May, the usual start of the rainy season.

Local residents said heavy rains upstream from low-lying Shalan caused Friday's flood.

More than 350 students, and aged six to 14, and 31 teachers, were in the school when the waters struck, the reports said.


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