Tens of thousands of residents in
north eastern China are stranded without power, as the worst flooding in more
than a decade besieges areas of the country.
Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and have
caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and
Drought Prevention reported. More heavy rains are expected for the southeast,
southwest and northeast parts of the country throughout the week.
About 30,000 residents in Kouqian town were trapped in their homes after
torrential rains drenched the north eastern province of Jilin.
Water began flooding the town after the nearby
Xingshan Reservoir and the Wende and Songhua rivers overflowed and rescue crews
were delivering supplies by boat and moving people to higher ground.
Flooding has hit areas all over China. In Wuhan city in central Hubei province
thousands of workers sandbagged riverbanks and checked reservoirs in
preparation for potential floods expected to flow from the swollen Yangtze and
Han rivers, an official with the Yangtze Water Resources Commission said
Wednesday. He gave only his surname, Zhang, as is common with Chinese officials.
“Right now, the Han river in Hubei province is on the verge breaching warning
levels,” Zhang said.
The Han is expected to rise this week to its highest level in two decades.
The flood threat was greater than usual
because the Yangtze, into which the Han flows, was also reaching peak levels
Workers were prepared to blast holes in the Han embankment to divert flood
waters into a low-lying area of farms and fish ponds from which more than 5,000
people have been evacuated.
Around China, a total of 875,000 homes have been destroyed, 9.61 million people
evacuated, and 22 million acres of crops ruined in this year’s flooding,
according to the state flood control office.
China’s worst flooding in recent years occurred in 1998, when 4,150 people were
killed, most of them along the Yangtze.