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Floods force mass evacuations in China

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 - 01:08

Aug. 16 - Floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, strand thousands and cause severe losses for locals in north-eastern and southern China. Linda So reports.

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Devastating floods in China forced tens of thousands to be evacuated from their homes. Rescue crews pulled boats through water that was waist deep. These women getting a closer look at the damage. Many homes were partially submerged in water. Not much could be salvaged. A look from above shows just how devastating and widespread the floods are, triggered by heavy rains from a typhoon. From the ground, a clearer picture of the damage suffered in towns. Homes in ruins, trees uprooted, and acres of crops completely destroyed. Police patrolled the area by boat trying to keep people out of the water. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) QIU DAIHUA, VICE DIRECTOR OF BORDER POLICE STATION IN XIANGYANG TOWN OF JIAYIN COUNTY, SAYING: "Many people left their belongings behind. We have to persuade them not to swim back to their village to get their belongings, because the water is very deep and dangerous. Secondly we are here to ensure safety of people's properties left behind in their houses," In one part of town, bags of black fungus could be seen floating in the water -- part of the worst flooding to hit the region in decades.

Floods force mass evacuations in China

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 - 01:08

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