26 dead, 34 missing in north China’s heavy downpour
Heavy downpours in many provinces of north China have caused all major rivers to inundate their banks, leading to flash floods and claiming several lives and disruption of normal life.
Heavy downpours at Heibei province in China have claimed at least 26 people, authorities said.
Another 34 were reported missing due to subsequent floods as officials keep releasing updated figures on the death toll and the number of missing people.
Jingxing county saw an average precipitation of 545.4 mm in the 19 hours between 1 p.m. on Tuesday till 8 a.m. on Wednesday, surpassing the maximum amount received by the county in 2015, Xinhua news agency reported.
The local government has evacuated 38,750 people.
There have been power outages, disruptions to communication and other infrastructure, and road closures across Jingxing.
North and northeast China were also hit by heavy rain this week, causing many casualties and a lot of property damage.