50,000 trapped by flood waters in China
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 21:22
Beijing: China on Saturday stepped up efforts to provide emergency services to 50,000 people trapped in flood waters in a south Chinese province, even as military assault boats were pressed into service for relief operations.

Rescuers have also been ferrying in bottled water, instant noodles and rice for the last five days in Wenchang City in south China's Hainan Province, said a spokesman with the municipal Civil Affairs Bureau.

Military assault boats are being used to ferry emergency food and water supplies to 50,000 people trapped by flood waters for five days in the city.

More than 20,000 people living in ground-floor residences have been relocated, since the city's Chizhi Reservoir breached its dikes Friday morning, official Xinhua news agency reported today.

Waters as deep as four meters had submerged many parts of the city and cut water and power supplies.

In hard-hit Wencheng Township, the road link to the outside has been cut. Vegetable prices in Hainan have jumped by about 30 per cent as local crops have been destroyed and cities like the provincial capital Haikou are relying predominantly on vegetables shipped in from outside.

A total of 230,000 people had been displaced in Hainan, better known as a tropical beach resort, as of Saturday due to the torrential rain, which has affected more than 1.64 million people, a fifth of the provincial population, said a spokesman with the provincial disaster control headquarters.

Heavy rains began pounding Hainan on September 30, leaving at least one person dead and three people missing.


First Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 21:22

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