Flood affect 13,000 in southern Chinese city

September 28th, 2008 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Nanning (China), Sep 28 (Xinhua) Torrential rain has led to the overflowing of the Zuojiang River, causing floods in the southern Chinese city of Chongzuo in Guangxi Zhuang province and affecting more than 13,000 people, officials said Sunday.Several streets in the old city area have been submerged under more than five metres of water. The first and second floor residents in the affected localities have been completely submerged, the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.

The water level of the Zuojiang River in Chongzuo was 107.52 meters Sunday, more than 6.32 meters higher than the danger level, it said.

A Xinhua reporter said people were floating on tires and large buckets on the Lijiang Road. Plastic bottles, bags and garbage were also seen floating on the three-meter-deep water. Shops were closed along the street.

Soldiers have rescued around 1,200 residents Sunday, said Li Yatong, deputy chief of general staff in the province.

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