Monday, August 19, 2013

105 killed, hundreds trapped in heavy floods in China - Zee News

Last Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013, 21:30  

Beijing: China's worst floods in decades triggered by Typhoon Utor in its northeast and southern regions rose to 105 on Monday, even as a series of landslides buried six vehicles and trapped an unknown number of people. Hundreds of villagers were also trapped after a reservoir discharged water following heavy downpour.

A total of 105 people were killed and another 115 are missing after floods ravaged northeast China and a typhoon lashed southern regions, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said today in a statement.

Hundreds of villagers in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were trapped today after Jintian reservoir discharged water following severe downpour, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Police and fire-fighting personnel used inflatable rafts to reach the trapped villagers in the city of Guiping.

Northeastern China's Liaoning Province and south China's Guangdong Province have reported the most number of casualties from the disasters, with 54 deaths and 22 deaths respectively.

Rain-triggered floods that started to hit northeast China last week also left fifteen and three people dead in Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces respectively, the ministry said.

Ninety-seven and six people are missing respectively in Liaoning and Jilin, Xinhua reported.

Typhoon Utor continued to wreak havoc in the southern regions after making landfall Wednesday in Guangdong and has killed 22 people, with eight more missing in the province, the statement said.

Neighbouring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Hunan Province reported six and five deaths from the typhoon respectively.

Besides damaging houses and farmland, the floods and the typhoon affected 3.72 million people in northeast China and 8.37 million in the south, including 6.67 million in Guangdong, it said.

Meanwhile, a series of landslides have buried six vehicles and trapped an unknown number of people on highways in the south today, local authorities said.

The landslides have affected more than ten sites on sections of highway in Guiping City, which is under the administration of Guigang City in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xinhua reported.

Officials said landslides occurred on a section of the No. 322 provincial-level highway near Hualei village in Guiping and caused a collapse of a 100-metre section of highway, burying two trucks and blocking traffic.

Over 200 vehicles were stranded at the accident site.

The landslides continued till late in the evening, the report said.

Multiple landslides occurred on the No. 323 provincial- level highway in Guiping, burying four vehicles and an unknown number of people.

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