Floods in Liaon­ing leave 54 dead af­ter 3 days’ rain

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By LIU CE in Shenyang li­uce@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Floods in North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince, trig­gered by down­pours from Thurs­day to Satur­day, have left 54 peo­ple dead and 97 oth­ers miss­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Liaon­ing Civil Af­fairs Bureau on Mon­day.

About 162,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated and 1.8 mil­lion were af­fected by the floods, the bureau said.

On Mon­day, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang is­sued in­struc­tions about flood re­lief work, call­ing for al­lout res­cue ef­forts and stress­ing the need to al­ways put peo­ple’s lives and safety first.

The eco­nomic loss in the prov­ince was es­ti­mated at about 8.5 bil­lion yuan ($1.39 bil­lion). The provin­cial govern­ment has al­lo­cated 140 mil­lion yuan in disas­ter re­lief funds and sent tents and blan­kets to help the peo­ple af­fected.

The National Com­mis­sion for Disas­ter Re­duc­tion and the Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs have raised the emer­gency re­sponse level from 4 to 3 to cope with flood­ing in Liaon­ing on Mon­day.

Un­der a level 3 re­sponse, the sec­ond-low­est of four lev­els, disas­ter re­lief au­thor­i­ties should send a work team to the disas­ter-hit zone within 24 hours and al­lo­cate re­lief ma­te­ri­als within 48 hours if losses are con­sid­ered to be ex­ten­sive.

Vice- Min­is­ter of Civil Af­fairs Jiang Li is lead­ing a work team in the area to guide re­lief ef­forts.

The deaths in the prov­ince were all recorded in Fushun, which ex­pe­ri­enced its worst flood­ing in decades. The rain­fall on Fri­day reached 449 mil­lime­ters in the hard­est-hit area of the city.

“I was scared as the wa­ter rose so quickly. I had no time to take any­thing, only to climb to the roof with my wife,” said Jiao Weimin, who lives in Beik­ouqian, a vil­lage in the Xin­bin Manchu au­ton­o­mous county of Fushun.

He tried to search for any­thing valu­able left in his drenched shanty but failed. “For­tu­nately, we are alive,” the 23-year-old said.

He and other lo­cal peo­ple are now liv­ing in the vil­lage pri­mary school as a tem­po­rary shel­ter, and the lo­cal govern­ment is de­liv­er­ing daily meals and other necessities.

More than 100 met­ric tons of food sup­plies, in­clud­ing in­stant noo­dles, bread and cook­ies, have been de­liv­ered in the past three days, ac­cord­ing to the Fushun au­thor­ity.

The govern­ment also sent six helicopters to drop food, medicine, tents and other re­lief sup­plies to the hard­esthit ar­eas.

The trans­porta­tion depart­ment of Fushun has re­paired main roads dam­aged by floods.

Wa­ter and power sup­plies and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in sev­eral vil­lages of the city are be­ing grad­u­ally re­stored. Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story

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