Floods kill eight on China-NKorea border

At least eight people were killed and one was left missing as heavy rains triggered fresh floods in northeast China on the border with North Korea, state media reported on Friday.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2010, 00:11 AM IST

Beijing: At least eight people were killed
and one was left missing as heavy rains triggered fresh floods
in northeast China on the border with North Korea, state media
reported on Friday.

Nearly 1,200 houses were toppled and 170,000 people
evacuated after the border city of Dandong in Liaoning
province received 78 millimetres of rain between Thursday and
Friday, Xinhua news agency said.

The latest deluge follows floods last week in which four
people were killed in Dandong after the Yalu river flooded,
Xinhua news agency said. The river forms the border with North
Korea.

The fresh floods left at least eight dead, one missing
and 136 injured, Xinhua said, quoting a report from the
Dandong city government.

Shipping has been at a standstill on the Yalu river since
August 19 as water levels remain dangerously high, Lu
Xiusheng, deputy head of the flood control headquarters in
Dandong, told Xinhua.

Water levels would remain high today due to a surging
high tide from the Yellow Sea, he said.

The fresh floods are likely to frustrate efforts to clean
mud and debris left in the city from last week`s deluge.

Parts of North Korea near the border were submerged by
the floods last week, the state Korean Central News Agency
reported at the time, with thousands evacuated.

The impoverished state has been hit by widespread
flooding this summer which has washed away homes, roads,
railways and farmland, causing an unspecified number of
deaths, according to North Korean state media reports.

PTI