Central China Floods Cause Damage, Knock Out Power

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
August 22, 2021 Updated: August 23, 2021

Torrential rains in central China caused landslides, knocked out power, and damaged houses, authorities said on Monday.

Rainstorms triggered flooding and waterlogging in the western province of Shaanxi over the weekend, inundating many roads and villages with severe disruptions, state television reported.

Heavy rains prompted authorities to close tunnels and some bridges in Zhengzhou, a major city in Henan Province, where at least hundreds died in major flooding in July, state media China News Service (CNS) said, citing officials. The actual number of casualties in July’s flooding is difficult to verify, as the Chinese regime routinely suppresses or alters information.

In one region of Shaanxi Province, 24 centimeters (9.5 inches) of rain fell over the weekend, according to CNS. It said losses to farmers and others were estimated at 450 million yuan ($70 million).

About 25 highways were closed in Henan, Shaanxi, and Sichuan in the southwest, state TV reported.

Cities including Luoyang, Hebi, and Xinxiang in Henan that suffered heavy flooding in July closed public attractions and shops, CNS said.

In Shaanxi, power was knocked out in some towns and others suffered landslides, CNS said, without giving details.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report

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