30,000 trapped after rains hit China

July 28th, 2010 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 28 (IANS) More than 30,000 people were trapped by floodwaters in a town in northeast China after torrential rains, officials said Wednesday.
Telecommunications were down in Kouqian town in Jilin province and about 200 rescuers had been sent in, officials with the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said.

Over 80 passengers were stranded at the Kouqian station which was surrounded by floodwaters after the Xingshan Reservoir overflowed, the official told Xinhua.

The rainstorms in the upper reaches of Wende River, a branch of Songhua River, had caused the flooding of Kouqian, the official said.

In neighbouring Liaoning province, four people were killed in a rain-triggered landslide Tuesday morning in Kuandian County, Dandong City.

The National Meteorological Centre said heavy rains would continue to pound northern Liaoning, central Jilin and southern Heilongjiang province, which borders Liaoning and Jilin, likely resulting in more floods and rain-triggered landslides.

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