Chinese floods displace 2m people

More Than 1.76 million peo­ple have been affected by severe flooding in China’s northern Shanxi province, according to local media.

Torrential rain last week led to houses

 collapsing and triggered landslides across more than 70 districts and cities in the province.

Heavy rainfall is hampering rescue efforts, officials said.

The flooding comes less than three months after extreme rains in Henan province left more than 300 dead.

In neighbouring Hebei province, a bus fell into a flooded river. State media said three people had died, and 11 of the 51 on board were missing.

In Shanxi, China’s Meteorological Administration also told local media that heavy and prolonged rainfall and storms had hampered rescue efforts.

Shanxi is also home to a number of ancient monuments which are at major risk from the severe rainfall.

More than 120,000 people have been urgently transferred and resettled, and 17,000 homes have collapsed across Shanxi province, authorities told the Xinhua news agency.

Four police officers died as a result of a landslide, according to the state-run Global Times, although informa­tion about other casualties has not been released.

The Shanxi flooding may have been worse than the floods in Henan earlier this year, it added. -BBC

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