Flood-sparked land­slide kills 16 in China

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIJING: A land­slide that en­gulfed homes in China killed at least 16 peo­ple, with 21 still miss­ing, as heavy rains brought mis­ery across a swathe of the coun­try. Pho­tos posted on Sina Weibo, a Chi­nese version of Twit­ter, showed res­cue teams work­ing through the night as they at­tempted to pull peo­ple from mud and rock that had buried 27 houses in Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

More than 300 peo­ple were evac­u­ated af­ter the land­slide, with 21 ad­di­tional homes flooded in the wake of the dis­as­ter, which struck on Fri­day evening, state broad­caster CCTV said.

Mean­while, the cen­tral prov­ince of Hu­nan was hit by the worst win­ter flood­ing in more than 50 years, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency re­ported, forc­ing thou­sands to flee. About 8,200 peo­ple were re­set­tled af­ter their homes were de­stroyed in the flood­ing, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua, with more than 87,000 peo­ple af­fected by the wa­ters, which caused black­outs and road clo­sures.

The flood­ing, which has also dam­aged crops, was the worst since record keep­ing be­gan in 1961, provin­cial weather au­thor­i­ties said. No ca­su­al­ties have been re­ported so far. Floods are likely to con­tinue, with heavy rains ex­pected through Wed­nes­day, Xin­hua said. Pho­tos cir­cu­lat­ing on­line showed res­cue per­son­nel driv­ing boats through vil­lage streets and help­ing res­i­dents es­cape through their win­dows. Wa­ters were more than three me­tres over the alert level on Fri­day, Xin­hua said. — AFP

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