Flood misery rises

The search for survivors in
north-western China is growing desperate in the wake of flash floods and
landslides that have killed hundreds and disrupted the lives of millions more
across Asia.

In one of the most dramatic cases,
a landslide in Gansu province took out an entire village.

Officials estimate that landslides
in Gansu province have killed 337 people, covering villages in water and mud.
But the number of dead is likely to climb as rubble is removed, with 1,148
people reported missing by Monday night. About 45,000 people have also been
relocated on evacuation orders.

China’s Gansu landslide was caused
by a blockage of the Bailong River, which created a three-kilometre-long
artificial lake. It overflowed crashing down into the town below, which is
located in the remote county of Zhouqu.

Apartment buildings were
demolished, houses uprooted and more than a metre of mud and silt was dumped on
the streets.

Demolitions crews are trying to
clear debris blocking the Bailong River upstream from Zhouqu to prevent more
devastation. Work is also underway to restore power and communication lines to
the affected areas.

However, more rain is forecast for
early in the week, which could add to the misery of residents.

The floods in northwest China have
caused tens of billions of dollars in damage across 28 provinces and regions.
So far this year 1,100 people have perished in what is being called the
country’s worst flooding in a decade.

Meanwhile in Pakistan, flooding has
killed 140 people and has left 500 people missing. An estimated 13.8 million
people have been affected by the country’s worst-ever flooding, leading to
widespread concerns of an impending humanitarian disaster.

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People mourn their missing relatives in the landslide-hit Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province Monday.
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