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Flooding slams 124 towns in Russia

MOSCOW — Floodwaters inundated 124 towns in five regions in the Russia’s Far East, affecting more than 34,000 people.

Rain continues to fall, the national weather center said on its website Sunday.

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The water level in the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk topped 21 feet by Sunday night, exceeding the record, according to the Emergencies Ministry.

The five regions have declared a state of emergency. The ministry said it evacuated 19,211 people from the Amur, Khabarovsk, and Jewish Autonomous regions. President Vladimir Putin held a videoconference Saturday with regional governors and defense, health, and emergency officials to discuss the flooding.

‘‘We have never seen such a large-scale flood in our country’s history,’’ Alexander Frolov, chief forecaster at the weather center, said on state television channel Rossiya 24.

Floods in the Amur region are hindering preparations for winter and swamping open-pit coal mines, state news service RIA Novosti reported, citing Oleg Kozhemyako, the local governor.

In China, a government news agency said the death toll from flooding in the northeast and southeast has risen to 43 and landslides blocked a major train line.

The Xinhua News Agency said 12 deaths were reported Sunday in Liaoning Province.

In the south, six people were reported were killed by flooding and landslides in Guangdong province .

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