Severe floods and deadly landslides hit Sichuan province, China

Severe floods and deadly landslides hit Sichuan province, China

After days of torrential rain and heavy flooding across parts of southwest China, a deadly landslide occurred in Zhongxing town, Sichuan province, on July 10, 2013. More than 100 rescuers are on the scene at this time.

State media said landslide has buried between 30 and 40 people.

Since Monday evening strong rain has affected more than 508,000 people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. About 300 homes were destroyed by heavy rain and three bridges have collapsed in the cities of Jiangyou and Deyang.

Since several major rivers have excessive water levels and there is possibility of more geological disasters triggered by the rain,​ local government authorities have relocated about 36,800 people.

Torrential rain has also pounded Wenchuan County where Yinxing Township has become nearly isolated. The rainstorms have cut off the town's water and power supplies, communication and traffic, traffic police said.

The epicenter of an earthquake that left 87,000 people dead or missing on May 12, 2008 was also in Wenchuan County.

In neighboring Yunnan Province, rainstorms have affected over 28,600 people and toppled over 5,280 houses. 

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Featured image: YT video screenshot

Tags: china, sichuan

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