Thursday, 21 July 2016

Two weeks after heavy rain left 128 people dead another 100 dead or missing in new China floods


Photo PressTV...A resident plows through a flooded road amid heavy rainfall in China’s Hebei Province, July 20, 2016.
  • Flash floods caused by heavy downpours in northern China have left nearly 100 people dead or missing over the past several days.
  • Around 123,000 people in 11 cities across Hebei were forced to evacuate and more than 7,000 houses were destroyed. Traffic, power and communications were also disrupted.
Just two weeks after heavy rain left 128 people dead and 42 others missing, 41,000 destroyed houses and 600,000 people displaced from massive flooding, torrential rain across China has caused yet more flooding in hundreds of towns and trapped many local residents.
In the capital Beijing where roads became rivers, metro stations were closed and hundreds of flights were cancelled.
In the northern Hebei province nearly one hundred people are dead or missing after the heaviest rainfall for 20 years.
Roads were damaged, local power supplies and communication networks disrupted.
Dozens of soldiers were called upon to repair a highway using heavy equipment.
More than 200 local villagers were evacuated as many places still had a high risk of landslides. People have been told to prepare for possible further floods, landslides and mudslides.
Those living in mountainous areas have been advised to move to safer zones.
A red rainstorm alert - the most serious - has been issued; more heavy rain was due to hit the region. In the southwest Guizhou province there was drama on Tuesday when three people were rescued after becoming trapped by the floods.
The operation to winch them to safety from trees where they had taken refuge took 90 minutes.





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