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Thousands evacuated in flood-hit China

22 August 2010 7:02

Fresh floods in China’s northeastern Liaoning province have forced more than 120,000 people to evacuate their homes and thousands to relocate in North Korea.

China’s Civil Affairs Ministry said late Saturday that 127,000 people had been evacuated in Liaoning province in just three days due to the rains, AFP said.

Heavy summer downpours have dangerously swollen the Yalu River, which forms the boundary between China and neighboring North Korea. Chinese forecasters have warned of more heavy rains in parts of Liaoning.

In Dandong city alone, which borders North Korea, more than 94,000 residents were evacuated and some power and transport links were cut off, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

China has experienced a summer of weather-related catastrophes with over 2,100 reported dead or missing so far. Moreover, twelve million people have been evacuated nationwide.

Survivors face a grim situation in Gansu’s Zhouqu County, where the devastating mudslides have left at least 1,254 people dead and 600 missing. Meteorologists have warned of more heavy rains in the coming days for the area.

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