Floods Drag Buses into Rivers in China

A bus is dragged into a river in northern China, Monday (11/10). At least three people on the bus were killed and 11 others are still missing in the incident, which was triggered by flooding due to heavy rains.

Videos posted on the internet showed people standing on a bus that almost drowned in a rushing river that hit a bridge outside the city of Shijiazhuang, about 265 kilometers southwest of Beijing.

Authorities in Hebei province said in a statement on social media that 37 of the 51 people on the bus had been rescued. State television, CCTV, said that three people on the bus were reported dead while 11 others had not been found.

The Yellow River overflows near Lianbo Village in Hejin City, northern China's Shanxi Province, Sunday, October 10, 2021. (Zhan Yan/Xinhua via AP)

The Yellow River overflows near Lianbo Village in Hejin City, northern China’s Shanxi Province, Sunday, October 10, 2021. (Zhan Yan/Xinhua via AP)

In the neighboring province of Shanxi, more than 120,000 people have been evacuated as thousands of houses collapsed and 190,000 hectares of farmland were damaged by floods, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

In the province, operations at 60 coal mines were also suspended due to flooding, the local government said last weekend. The shutdown comes as the government tries to address a power shortage that has affected industry and even many homes.

Shanxi, which is normally a dry area, has also closed 166 tourist sites. Torrential rain damaged the 25-meter-long historic city wall of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Xinhua said.

The constant rain is the biggest threat to the city’s ancient clay structures, the state news agency said. [ab/uh]

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