Scores Dead As Rainfall Floods China [Photo]
Heavy rainfall since Wednesday in the north-eastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, in addition to the recent Typhoon Utor in Southern China has caused flooding described by state news agency Xinhua as the “worst in decades.” The death toll has risen to 105 with another 115 people still missing. The floods have created crop failure across 256,000 hectares of farmland in Guangdong, one of China’s major bread baskets, affecting more than 8 million residents. While the storm passed last week, heavy rains continue creating more chaos in its wake. Transport links have also been affected with some 80,000 passengers stranded over the weekend. More than 2,800 soldiers have been deployed to assist in relief efforts.