60 killed in heavy rains in China
Beijing: At least 60 people were killed in rain-related incidents in China, where large swathes in the south have been hammered by rainstorms this week, with 10 more deaths reported today.
Thirteen others remain missing following the heavy downpour in the country that has triggered rainstorms, mudslides and collapse of buildings.
Seven persons were killed and 40 others injured when a bus carrying over 50 passengers collided with a road barrier in Xinning County in central Hunan Province today.
A nine-storey building in Guiyang, home to 114 residents, collapsed due to landslides on Wednesday following heavy rains killing 16 people. Over 100 firefighters and soldiers combed the rubble to find the missing people. Three bodies were retrieved from the debris of the building today.
Also two children were killed and 21 others injured when a kindergarten bus fell into a pond in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region yesterday.
Rain had made driving conditions unsafe and the driver lost control over the vehicle, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The two incidents pushed the death toll in the rains in the last few days.
At least 35 people were killed 13 others missing in rainstorms that hammered large swathes of southern China this week, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said yesterday.
The southwestern province of Guizhou reported 11 deaths, the highest toll so far, whereas in Fujian province, five people were killed by rain-triggered mudslides and four others drowned.
In Jiangxi province, one person was kill by lightening strikes, two by mudslides and five by collapsed buildings.
The rest of the deaths were reported in Hunan and Guangdong provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Heavy rain and occasional thunderstorms have battered China’s southern regions in the last few days.