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3 killed in Jilin floods

07-29-2010 16:19 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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13 people have been killed and six others are missing after floods swept through Yongji County in northeast China's Jilin Province. They've disrupted life for 150,000 local residents

Three main rivers in the province are now at risk of bursting their banks. Local authorities have organized rescuers and residents to cope with the flood.

Overnight rainfall reached 200 mm in Yongji County early Wednesday morning, making it the heaviest torrential rain since records began.

In Kouqian Town, home of the Yongji County Government, floodwaters submerged the dike and houses in low-lying areas.

More than 30,000 people were evacuated.

Water supplies, electricity and phone lines have been cut.

Train services were suspended after Kouqian Train Station was surrounded by floodwater.

On Wednesday morning, a 20-meter breach was found in the dike along the riverbank in Xinkaihe County. 20,000 residents in the lower reaches were affected.

More than 800 soldiers from Shenyang Military Area were dispatched to help the locals.

By noon on Wednesday, more than 500 residents had been evacuated.

Officials from the Jilin provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters inspected flood-hit areas by helicopter over night on Thursday, and delivered food and medicine, as well as transferring stranded people.

The provincial government has allocated 4.8 million yuan for rescue and relief work after the rainstorms over the past two days forced more than 215,000 people in the province to be evacuated.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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