Worst floods in 50 years lay waste to China’s Beichuan county- 30 believed buried alive

July 10, 2013 BEIJING — Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, triggered a landslide Wednesday that buried about 30 people, trapped hundreds in a highway tunnel and destroyed a high-profile memorial to a devastating 2008 earthquake. Meanwhile, to the northeast, at least 12 workers were killed when a violent rainstorm caused the collapse of an unfinished coal mine workshop they were building, said a statement from the city government of Jinzhong, where the accident occurred. The accident Tuesday night came amid heavy rain and high winds across a swath of northern China, including the capital, Beijing. There was no immediate word on the chances of survival for the 30 or so people buried in the landslide in the city of Dujiangyan in Sichuan province, but rescue workers with search dogs rushed to the area, the official Xinhua News Agency said. State-run China Central Television said hundreds of people were trapped in a highway tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan – the epicenter of the earthquake five
years ago that left 90,000 people dead or missing.
Authorities were not able to make contact with the people, the report said. Mudslides and flooding are common in China’s mountainous areas, killing hundreds of people every year. Deforestation has led to soil erosion and made some parts of China prone to mudslides after strong rains. In nearby Beichuan county, flooding destroyed buildings and wrecked exhibits at a memorial for the 2008 earthquake. The quake left the Beichuan county seat unlivable. The town was abandoned, and 27 square kilometers (10 square miles) of ruins were turned into a memorial and museum. The flooding also caused the collapse of an almost 50-year-old bridge in a neighboring county, sending six vehicles into the raging waters and leaving 12 people missing. Since Sunday, flooding in Sichuan has affected 360,000 people, damaging or destroying 300 homes and forcing at least 6,100 emergency evacuations, state media reported. –Charlotte Observer
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5 Responses to Worst floods in 50 years lay waste to China’s Beichuan county- 30 believed buried alive

  1. Brandon says:

    The flooding worldwide seems to have reached epic proportions. India lost 10,000 souls in their recent floods.

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  2. Sheridan Peterson says:

    They have these floods every couple years. I at Wuhan in 1998. It was horrible. Declared by the world press the worst in history, due to the damn recently finished on the Yangtze.

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  3. polostar1 says:

    I have never seen such shocking videos of flood waters bringing down buildings like that.
    The changes are truly upon us now.

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  4. Lalee says:

    I wonder if that blind person walking slowly in the water with monstrous water raging near him survived? That person trying to rescue him is a Hero!,

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  5. DB says:

    My boss was in Beijing from July 9 until July 11. He said there were some bad spots and some people killed in remote areas, but apparently his travels and work were not impeded. It should be noted that construction is not of the highest quality there, nor do there seem to be building codes in place (as reported by our people working in the area). I sure wouldn’t want to live in an area that practiced such poor workmanship. I’ve seen the *behind the scenes* pictures and it’s scary.

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