Flooding in China: 18 dead, 18 missing
July 17, 2017 23:07 PM
Flooding in China's northeast, the latest deadly catastrophe to occur the country this summer, has left 18 missing and 18 dead, according to state media on Monday, July 17.
Xinhua News Agency reported that the eastern and central parts of Jilin province were hit by too much rain on Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14. Moreover, over 110,000 residents were forced to evacuate Jilin city because of the heavy rain.
The government already sent over 32,000 rescuers to the incident area. These persons were deployed in the city to remove the debris and sludge, as well as to repair bridges, reconnect households to electricity networks and restore telecommunications.
China has aleady been hit by a series of fatal floods this summer 2017, leaving dozens of dead and displacement of a huge number of people.
Just last week, authorities reported that there were 63 people killed by flashfloods and landslides in central China, causing 1.6 million people to evacuate the area. Moreover, authorities from Guangxi region said that earlier this month, two dozen of persons had been gone missing and killed due to flooding. The floods also caused thousands to lose their homes.
It can be recalled that a five-storey block of flats collapsed and slided down into a flooded river in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The good news is that the residents were evacuated before the building collapsed so there were no casualties reported.
According to a report by authorities, the civil affair department has put the said damage bill at $5.6 billion.
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