Over 30,000 trapped in flooded northeastern Chinese city

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 19:11

Beijing: Torrential downpour has
inundated a northeastern town of China, trapping 30,000 people
in flood waters with all communication lines with the area
broken.

More than 200 rescue workers were dispatched to the
flooded Kouqian town in the Jilin province, where more than
30,000 people are trapped in flood waters.
Telecommunications were down in Kouqian, where the
Yongji County Government is located, state-run Xinhua news
agency quoted officials as saying.

The train station of Kouqian was surrounded by
floodwaters with more than 80 passengers and station workers
trapped inside after the Xingshan Reservoir overflowed.

Rainstorms in the upper reaches of Wende River, a
branch of Songhua River, had led to the flooding, as
precipitation over the past 24 hours reached over 200 mm in
some areas, said Zhu Qiwen, deputy chief of the Meteorological
Bureau of Jilin Province.

Rainstorms had lashed 85 townships in Jilin, and
saturated the cities of Tonghua and Changchun, the province`s
capital.
Rain has wrecked havoc in many parts of China, with
officials saying that 333 people were killed and over 300 were
missing in heavy floods and landslides since July 14.

The overall death toll since early this year had
crossed over 1000.

Yesterday, four people were killed in Liaoning
Province in a rain-triggered landslide in Dandong City.

Nearly 10,000 others were relocated for safety
reasons, said an official.

The rainstorms had destroyed 35 bridges and more than
10,000 mu (666 hectares) of crops in Dandong City over the
past three days, Jia said.

The National Meteorological Center said heavy rains
would continue to pound northern Liaoning, central Jilin and
southern Heilongjiang Province, which borders Liaoning and
Jilin, likely resulting in more floods and rain-triggered
landslides.

Floods sweep away containers of explosive chemicals

Over a thousand containers of
explosive chemicals with an aggregate 1.6 lakh kgs of material
were swept away by flood waters in northeast China`s Jilin
Province today, raising environment concerns.

The containers were swept away from a chemical factory
in Yongji County into the Songhuajiang River after torrential
rain inundated the area this morning, said the publicity
department of Jilin City Committee of the Communist Party of
China.

The containers from a local chemical plant contained
more than 160,000 kg of explosive chemical fluids, the
department said.

A reporter of the state-run Xinhua news agency said he
saw dozens of containers floating on the river.

Emergency workers have been trying to recover the
containers and local environmental protection authorities were
closely monitoring the water quality of the river.

The floating containers created concern as they could
end up polluting the river in spate, causing enormous
environmental damage.

Torrential downpour has also inundated the
northeastern Jilin province`s Kouqian town, trapping 30,000
people in flood waters with all communication lines with the
area broken.

The train station of Kouqian was surrounded by
floodwaters with more than 80 passengers and station workers
trapped inside after the Xingshan Reservoir overflowed.

Rainstorms in the upper reaches of Wende River, a
branch of Songhua River, had led to the flooding, as
precipitation over the past 24 hours reached over 200 mm in
some areas, said Zhu Qiwen, deputy chief of the Meteorological
Bureau of Jilin Province.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 19:11

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