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Deadly flood, quake hit China and Philippines

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A total of 44 people have been died or missing after floods hit Ningxiang County in central China's Hunan Province, local flood prevention headquarters said Friday.

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Heavy downpours pounded the county since June 22, leading to the area's worst natural disaster in 60 years. A total of 44 people died or remain unaccounted for, the headquarters said.

About 815,000 people, or 56 percent of the county's population, suffered property losses in the floods, it said.

In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, to the south, flood left 20 people dead and 14 missing. Around 20,000 houses collapsed or were damaged.

The number of dead from the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that rocked central Philippines on Thursday has risen to two, a government disaster agency said on Friday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) said at least 72 others were injured. There are no more people reported missing, it said.

One of the two fatalities died in the collapsed building in Kananga and the other reportedly died in a landslide in Ormoc, another town in Leyte.

All six people who were trapped in a two-storey building that collapsed in Kananga town in Leyte Province have been rescued alive, according to its town mayor Rowena Codilla.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which rocked eight km southwest of Jaro at 4:03 p.m. on Thursday, was 2 km in depth.

The institute said the quake was tectonic in origin, and was also felt in nearby provinces in the central Philippines, including Cebu City, Negros Occidental and Surigao del Norte.

Most of the affected areas are still without electricity, local officials said.

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