Thousands Stranded as Storms Hit China Quake Area

Survivors of the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan are being hit yet again with a devastating force of nature as torrential rains flood the area. From Reuters:

The downpours began to pound Mianyang city and surrounding countryside in Sichuan province, southwest China, on Monday night, Xinhua news agency said.

Mianyang encompasses Beichua and other areas that were the hardest-hit counties in the Sichuan earthquake, which killed at least 80,000 people.

In the latest disaster, at least 2,200 houses have collapsed and 6,500 people were stranded throughout the hilly region, Xinhua said. “Some pre-fabricated houses built after the quake and other residences were flooded,” the report said.

September 24, 2008 11:42 AM
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