Beijing, July 23: Massive floods in North and Central China have left at least 78 people dead while nearly 100 have gone missing, official sources said.
The country's Ministry of Civil Affairs said late on Friday (July 22) that over 4,00,000 people had been evacuated in the wake of the flash floods. Reuters reported that nearly 16 million people across China were forced to leave their residences.
The flash floods and landslides in Hebei and Henan provinces destroyed thousands of houses and farms and damaged crops and killed livestock. Hebei province suffered the most as nearly 50,000 houses collapsed there while over eight million people were adversely affected, said Chinese state news agency Xinhua. It also reported about power cuts and disruption in transport and communication networks.
Massive floods in China have killed 78
A man sits outside of a flooded shop in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning province. Dozens of people have been killed and dozens more are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses. AP/PTI
Over 90 people have gone missing in the floods
Rescuers use a raft to transport people along a flooded street in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. Several people have been killed and dozens more are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses. AP/PTI
Four lakh people have been evacuated
Village houses and field partially submerged by flood waters in Gaoyang Town, Shayang County, central China's Hubei Province. China says dozens of people have died or gone missing since Monday in massive floods across the country's north. The photo was released by China's Xinhua News Agency. AP/PTI
The country also faced heavy rain and floods in June
China also faced heavy rain and flood in June 2016. In this picture, two persons riding a two-wheeler are seen wading through flood waters in Jiujiang in southeastern China's Jiangxi province. Millions of Chinese across 10 provinces in China were affected by floods and landslides in heavy rainfall in June. AP/PTI