Transborder Yalu floods China-NKorea border areas: four killed

Heavy floods in the trans-border Yalu river have forced the evacuation of an estimated 1.20 lakh residents from the border areas of China and North Korea.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

Beijing: Heavy floods in the trans-border
Yalu river have killed four people and forced the evacuation
of an estimated 1.20 lakh residents from the border areas of
China and North Korea.

More than a lakh people in China`s Dandong city in
Liaoning Province were evacuated by today, according to the
city`s flood-control headquarters and four people were
reported killed.

State-run CCTV showed most of the city under the thick
blanket of water and a number of stranded people were
evacuated by helicopter.

North Korean authorities too declared a red alert in
their provinces along the river and pressed in army to
evacuate the people.

The local weather station forecast this morning that
rains measuring up to 250 millimeters would hit the city in
the next 24 hours, posing a severe pressure on the flood
control work.

Latest reports said water levels in the river began
dropping down.

Downpours since Thursday have left four people dead
and 44 townships flooded, many of which are suffering from
black outs and communication disruptions.

The flood control officials have monitored 158
embankment breaches along the swollen river.

Meanwhile, the death toll from mudslides in a remote
mountain village in southwest China`s Yunnan Province has
risen to 23, while 69 others remain missing.

"The chances of survival for the missing people are
slim as the mudslides occurred more than 72 hours ago," Hou
Xinrong, director of the public security bureau in Gongshan
County, where the disaster happened, told Xinhua news agency.

Rescue workers found 11 bodies yesterday, two of which
were recovered from the mudslide debris and nine from a nearby
river.

Families of the dead and missing villagers have
received 10,000 yuan (USD 1,473) for each victim from the
local government, a spokesman with the county`s civil affairs
bureau said.

The fatal mudslides struck Puladi Township in Gongshan
with 600,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks at around 1:30 am
on Wednesday.

China has suffered from a string of rain-triggered
disasters recently and is battling its worst floods in at
least a decade.

In the northwestern province of Gansu, at least 1,434
people were killed and another 331 are reported missing after
mudslides hit Zhouqu County nearly two weeks ago.

Earlier this week, rain-triggered mudslides killed 18
people and injured nine others, and four remain missing in
Wenchuan and Qingchuan counties in southwest China`s Sichuan
Province, which was devastated by the 2008 earthquake.

PTI