90 Dead in Southern China Flooding; 1.4M Evacuated
The death toll from flooding this week in southern China rose to 90 Saturday, and 1.4 million people were evacuated as the inundated region prepared for more heavy storms.
Fifty people were also missing in nine provinces and regions across China’s south, the state flood control office said. Water levels have surged passed safe levels in dozens of rivers, including the Pearl River in the heart of China’s manufacturing region.
China Central Television footage Saturday showed people stranded on rooftops of nearly completely submerged homes.
Soldiers waded through raging brown water carrying students from an elementary school in Nanping city, in the eastern province of Fujian. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the school Saturday morning after being stranded by flooded roads, the report said.