Flood Fears Prompt Mass Evacuations in China
The earthquake nightmare is not over for many residents of Sichuan as the rainy season approaches, according to this Reuters report:
Authorities in Aba prefecture had moved 72,000 people living in “highly dangerous terrain” in Wenchuan county, the epicentre of the quake, to safer areas ahead of downpours on Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
“The three-day mass relocation concluded at 8:00 pm (local time), just two hours before heavy rain hit the county,” Xinhua quoted local disaster prevention authorities as saying.
Reports from China’s land and resources bureau claim that since the earthquake, Wenchuan county alone had experienced nearly 5,000 “secondary geological disasters”, including hundreds of major landslides and mudslides.