15 more killed in China flooding, landslides; toll hits 105

15 more killed 
in China flooding, landslides; toll hits 105
Updated 20 August 2013

15 more killed in China flooding, landslides; toll hits 105

15 more killed 
in China flooding, landslides; toll hits 105

BEIJING: Heavy rains brought by a typhoon triggered landslides in southern China that buried homes and vehicles and killed at least 15 people following days of heavy rain fed by a typhoon. This brings up the total number of people dying due to floods and landslides to 105 with another 115 missing in recent days, state media said Monday.
Flooding in the northeast which left 72 people dead was described as "the worst in decades" by state news agency Xinhua, while another 33 people died in the south as a result of the weather, it said citing the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Nine people were reported killed in Hunan province, and six in Guangxi, where vehicles were covered in mud and rocks along a mountain highway, local flood control offices said.
The deaths come after three people died Sunday in a landslide near the Guangxi city of Wuzhou.
Rains brought by last week's Typhoon Utor have caused severe flooding across Hunan, Guangxi and neighboring Guangdong province, where 22 people have died and eight were missing in flooding since Friday.
In China's northeast, separate flooding has affected millions of people, with torrential downpours Saturday causing the Nei River to overflow near the city of Fushun, sweeping away homes, roads, and utilities and leaving 54 people dead.






Flooding hits China each summer, but heavy rains have brought greater than usual levels of destruction in some areas.
Liaoning, the worst-hit province, had 54 fatalities and another 97 people missing, Xinhua said.
The worst-hit province in the south, battered by Typhoon Utor last week, was Guangdong where 22 people were dead and eight missing, it added.
Transport links were severely crippled, affecting tens of thousands of travellers.
Some services from Guangzhou railway station, Guangdong's most important transport hub, were suspended due to rain and landslides.
State media said 80,000 passengers were stranded over the weekend because of the disruption.
Services were beginning to return to normal from Monday, the station said in a statement on its website.
More than 2,800 soldiers have been drafted in to help with the relief efforts, Xinhua reported earlier.
Landslides buried vehicles
An officer with the Guiping city traffic police said six vehicles were covered in mud and rocks, but it wasn't clear how many people were inside them. The woman declined to give her name as is common with Chinese police.
Three people died Sunday in a landslide near the city of Wuzhou.
Rains brought by last week's Typhoon Utor have caused severe flooding across Guangxi and neighboring Guangdong province.
In China's northeast, separate flooding has affected millions of people, with torrential downpours Saturday causing the Nei River to overflow near the city of Fushun, sweeping away homes, roads, and utilities and leaving 54 people dead.
Flooding hits China each summer, but heavy rains have brought greater than usual levels of destruction in some areas.