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Five rescued from China flood

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 00:48

May 10 - Five men stranded in a flash flood are rescued by firefighters in China's Sichuan province. Lily Grimes reports.

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Stranded by flash floods, these five men in the Chinese province of Sichuan await rescue. The workers had been trying to cross a channel near the city of Leshan, according to state media. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) EYE WITNESS, ZHANG FENG, SAYING: "They drove down there at 8 o'clock this morning on their way to work, and then the water came and it was too late.'' Several attempts to reach the men with a rope fail. But a fishing rod does the trick. A firefighter crosses to the men who pull themselves across the raging torrent. This man has a close call but all five make it safely to the river bank. Summer flooding is common in southern China, sometimes killing hundreds of mostly rural residents.

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Five rescued from China flood

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 00:48