More Rains Lash China, Death Toll Mounts

More torrential rains are lashing Gansu and southwestern Sichuan, triggering deadly mud- and landslides that have left a further 49 dead and 82 missing across the two provinces. These follow the Aug. 8 disaster in Zhouqu where the death toll is now put at 1,254 with 490 still unaccounted for.

Communications, water and power supplies are being restored in the town as a massive relief effort continues to get supplies to the remote town and other affected areas. One piece of cheer from Zhouqu is that public health officials say they have had no reports of outbreaks of infectious disease so far.

In all. the rains are being blamed for the deaths of more than 2,300 people across the country so far this year with a further 1,200 missing. And. as we have written too often this year, more rain is in the forecast.

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2 responses to “More Rains Lash China, Death Toll Mounts

  1. not me

    you really wonder what the point of the Three Gorges Dam was if all this flooding goes on and on.

  2. chinabystander

    Makes it bad not catastrophic. — CB

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