Flooding and landslides kill 14 in China

| No Comments

by Sarah See

At least 14 people died Sept. 17 after heavy rains triggered a massive landslide and flooding in China, according to a state-run media report Monday.

The 100,000 cubic meters of rock and mud slid down a mountain in the afternoon in a suburb of Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, CNN reported.

Additional landslides buried people, homes, roads and workshops, and floods submerged homes and cars, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Ten bodies were retrieved Sunday afternoon from the rubble in Sichuan province by rescuers, and 11 people were injured in the flooding, Xi'an vice mayor Zhu Zhisheng told Xinhua.

The floods left more than 80 people dead or missing, forced more than 1 million people to evacuate, caused nearly $3 million in damages and submerged 29,000 houses throughout Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a report released by the Associated Press.

The heavy rains and landslides Sunday morning hampered the rescue efforts of more than 700 police, firefighters and locals, Xinhua said.

The torrential rains were forecasted to continue in the region for another three days, according to China's meteorological agency and the National Meteorological Center.

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by seexx021 published on September 25, 2011 5:19 PM.

Analysis: How News Lead works in story about Oakdale Deaths was the previous entry in this blog.

No cause found for deadly fire is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.