China Quake Victims Flee ‘Flood’

More than 28000 people died in the Sichuan earthquake, according to state media, and now new fears over possible flooding have struck Beichuan, one of the worst hit areas. From BBC News:

There has been panic in the quake-hit Chinese city of Beichuan after reports the entire city could be flooded by a river bursting its banks. The BBC’s Paul Danahar in Beichuan says there was a stampede as thousands of people fled to higher ground. The whole city was evacuated, forcing the suspension of all rescue efforts, our correspondent says.

Beichuan is close to the epicentre of Monday’s devastating quake, in which it is feared about 50,000 people died.

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