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  • Floods destroy make shift hospital in China, 32 people missing

    Published on August 14, 2010

    At least 32 people are missing after floods destroyed makeshift buildings of a hospital in a southwest Chinese province early Saturday as torrential rains continue to batter the country.

    Floods destroyed prefabricated buildings of a hospital at Yingxiu Town of Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province leaving at least 32 people missing, the official media reported.

    Heavy rain triggered landslides in several towns of the County, where an 8-magnitude earthquake claimed almost 70,000 lives on 12th May, 2008.

    In Yinxing Township, a barrier lake was formed by the landslide in a section of the Minjiang River.

    A 200-meter section of National Highway 213, the only highway linking Wenchuan to the provincial capital of Chengdu, was inundated with water four meters deep.

    More than 500 residents of Yinxing had been evacuated, Xinhua news agency reported.

    Floods are causing havoc in China as 33 people were killed and 32 others were reported missing in the new round of floods triggered by torrential rains in different parts of China on Friday, while the death toll in the last weeks mudslides in the Zhouqu County in Gansu province has risen to 1,156 with 588 yet to be traced.

    Heavy rains pounded some areas of Gansu, Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces from Wednesday night to Thursday night, destroying homes, inundating croplands, and disrupting traffic and telecommunications, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

    A total of 3,012 people were still trapped by floodwaters while 10,556 have been evacuated to safe areas, local government said on Friday.

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