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Rescuers race to fight floods in Dandong

08-22-2010 11:31 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Flooding in northeast China's city of Dandong, has left four people dead, and one missing. More than 64,000 others have been forced to evacuate their homes after floods hit Liaoning Province.

The swollen Yalu River, which marks the border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, flooded Dandong. In one badly hit area in Kuandian County, a couple in their 70s and a mother and a son were killed after flash floods swept away their homes.

It's latest disaster in the country's worst flood season in over a decade.

Military helicopters rescued 80 people stranded in a Village in Kuandian County.

Rescuers are still trying to reach nearly 12-hundred others in the county's more than 40 villages that have been cut off by floodwaters.

Rescuer of Dandong, Liaoning Province said "We have evacuated some 200 people from the nearby village. The water surrounding them has risen to more than 2 meters high."

Workers are also racing to build a flood barrier of sand bags, along part of the river where the barriers had been breached.

According to the city's hydrographic bureau, torrential rains started to pound Liaoning Province late Thursday, and have gone on for nearly three days.

Rescuer of Dandong, Liaoning Province said "We are closely monitoring the water level of the river. We will update the flooding situation for those evacuating. We will also continue to search for those who are stranded by the flood waters."

Train services between the provincial capital Shenyang and Dandong were suspended on Saturday afternoon as floodwaters inundated railroad tracks.

The situation may worsen as rains are expected to continue to pelt the Dandong region in the coming days. All people in potential flooding areas have been evacuated. And more relief workers and materials are being prepared for the disaster zone.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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