Death toll in China floods rises to 43 as landslides block major train line

BEIJING (AP) - The death toll from flooding in China's north-east and south-east has risen to 43, as landslides blocked a major train line.

The Xinhua News Agency said 12 deaths were reported on Sunday in Liaoning province. That added to a total of 25 deaths reported earlier in Heilongjiang and Jilin, the other two provinces in China's north-east.

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

Xinhua said landslides blocked the rail linking Beijing with Guangzhou, the country's southern railway centre, delaying some 80,000 passengers.

China suffers from flooding during the dry season, but Xinhua has said this year's inundation is the north-east's most severe in decades. Several hundred thousand residents have been relocated.