Flood­ing in Jilin kills at least 18

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By HOU LIQIANG in Bei­jing and HAN JUNHONG in Changchun Con­tact the writ­ers at houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Floods in Jilin city, Jilin prov­ince, have killed 18 peo­ple and left an­other 18 miss­ing, while more than 110,000 peo­ple have been re­lo­cated, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said on Mon­day.

Heavy rains in the cen­tral and east­ern parts of the prov­ince on Thurs­day and Fri­day left much of it in­un­dated. Jilin city was one of the most se­ri­ously af­fected.

Li Sen­shan was on duty on the fifth floor of the Yongji county mu­seum at 7 pm on Thurs­day when he saw peo­ple tak­ing shel­ter from the rain on the first floor of the build­ing. He led four peo­ple up­stairs to a safer area be­fore he spot­ted a woman who also needed help.

“Soon af­ter I let the woman in, flood­wa­ters broke the win­dows and poured in. I was knocked down and soon felt faint,” he was quoted as say­ing by New Cul­ture, a lo­cal news­pa­per.

Li was found bleed­ing and bruised by med­i­cal work­ers, who pro­vided first aid.

The flood left large amounts of mud in some ar­eas of the city. About 10,000 square me­ters around a ma­jor shop­ping mall in Yongji, for ex­am­ple, was cov­ered with mud 1 to 2 me­ters deep.

Ac­cord­ing to the op­er­a­tors of a lo­cal mar­ket, al­most 100 truck­loads of mud had been moved from the area as of 10:30 am Mon­day and an­other 400 truck­loads were yet to be cleared.

More than 32,000 peo­ple were work­ing across the city to re­move mud and de­bris, re­pair bridges and re­con­nect house­holds to telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and elec­tri­cal net­works, the city govern­ment said on Mon­day.

The govern­ment has also dis­patched at least 300 peo­ple to deal with hy­giene and dis­ease con­trol. Al­most 400 met­ric tons of lime for dis­in­fec­tion had been scat­tered as of Sun­day af­ter­noon and 72,000 dis­ease con­trol leaflets had been handed out to the pub­lic.


Res­cuers deal with wrecked ve­hi­cles af­ter flood­ing in Yongji county, Jilin prov­ince, on Satur­day.

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