China: 111 killed in floods; passengers stranded

Rainstorms caused cancellation, delay of several intl flights in last 2 days.

Updated: Jul 26, 2010, 09:20 AM IST

Beijing: At least 111 people have been killed and 167 missing since past 11 days due to floods that hit northwest China`s Shaanxi province, authorities said.

The first floods, from the rain-swollen Hanjiang river and its tributaries, hit Shaanxi`s Ankang, Hanzhong, and Shangluo cities from July 14 to 19.

Another flood that began on Thursday worsened the catastrophe, Xinhua reported on Monday.

The floods have affected about 4.25 million people and forced 703,000 people to be evacuated. In the worst-hit Ankang City, 63 people were killed, 119 missing and 2,824 injured, according to a statement from the provincial government.

The floods also caused an estimated loss of CNY 9.56 billion.

Passengers stranded

Thousands of passengers have been stranded at Chinese airport as heavy rainstorms caused cancellation and delay of several international flights in the last two days.

According to Xinhua, 9,000 passengers were waiting at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in southwestern Sichuan province, where 11 flights were cancelled and almost 100 flights delayed on Sunday.

Saturday, more than 200 flights were delayed and about 20 flights were cancelled, causing inconvenience to over 10,000 passengers.

The airport authorities said some flights would have to be postponed to Monday.

IANS