Downpours lead to floods, 13 people missing in SW China

from Xinhua
Published on 06 Jun 2011 View Original

GUIYANG, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Continuous downpours have triggered floods and left 13 people missing in Wangmo County in southwest China's Guizhou Province, the province's flood control and drought relief headquarters said on Monday.

Heavy rains hit Guizhou from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, with several of the province's counties experiencing downpours, the headquarters said.

Water levels on the Wangmo River in Wangmo County were recorded at more than 3 meters higher than the recommended safe level during the rains, resulting in massive floods and an evacuation of some 6,000 residents. The water levels dropped back down to a safe range on Monday morning.

The provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters has initiated an emergency response to rescue the missing people and aid flood-hit regions.

Parts of Guizhou Province were hit by heavy rains from June 3 to 5. The resulting floods knocked over houses, cut power and halted traffic, affecting approximately 71,200 of the province's residents.

Editor: Tang Danlu