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Red Cross appeals for more aid for China flood victims

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MAODOU VILLAGE, China (AP) -- The Red Cross appealed for more medical aid Sunday to prevent cholera and dysentery epidemics along the Yangtze River and its tributaries, where tens of thousands of people have fallen ill amid seasonal flooding.

More than 1,500 people in southern and central China have already died. In the central Hubei province, some 49,000 people have fallen ill, as diseases are being spread by human waste and dead bodies.

The Red Cross in China has dispatched hundreds of medical personnel to Hubei, Hunan and five other devastated areas to distribute grain, medicines and water purification tablets, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.