Torrential Rainfall in Three Provinces: At least 30 Died

At least 30 people were killed and more than 600,000 people have been evacuated since Friday because of heavy rains that affected the provinces of Shaanxi (north), Sichuan (southwest) and Henan (center).

The level of rivers continued to rise in Sichuan, while the never-ending rain falling. In this province, the authorities ordered the evacuation of over 600,000 inhabitants of the municipalities of Dazhou and Guang’an while the level of some tributaries of the Yangtze swelled dangerously.

The level of the Jialing River has already exceeded seven meters above the crisis level and should reach a record since it began to be recorded in 1847, according to Xinhua, which has reported 13 dead and 10 missing since Friday in Sichuan. More than 2,000 houses collapsed in Sichuan and some 10,000 were damaged.

In the neighboring province of Shaanxi, at least 17 people were killed and 15 were still missing Monday after a landslide that swallowed a brick workshops and a ceramics factory on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Xi’an. More than 15,000 people have been evacuated since September 10 in Henan province, where floods have affected 14 municipalities and killed six people since then.

The torrential rainfall comes each summer in China. In 2010, the rain caused the death or disappearance of more than 4,300 people. Last year in August, a landslide in Gansu province (northwest) killed 1,500 people.

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