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The Ministry of Civil Affairs said late on Friday that more than 400,000 people have been evacuated.
The northern province of Hebei is the worst-hit with 36 people dead and another 77 missing.
In the Hebei town of Xingtai alone, nine people were killed and 11 unaccounted for.
Local police blamed a failure of a river embankment for the heavy casualties.
But villagers have complained to local media that they were not notified in time to evacuate when the authorities decided to discharge floodwater from an upstream reservoir.