Torrential rains swept over southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on Sept. 9 and 10, killing at least seven people, and left many missing in cities and counties still recovering from the devastating 2008 earthquake.
As much as 333 millimeters (about 13 inches) of rain, fell in the town of Qinggang, located in Shehong County of Suining City, triggering floods, according to Sichuan Online, the website of Sichuan Daily. It downed power lines and phone lines, as well as disrupted water supplies in some areas in the province.
The central Sichuan city of Suining was hit the hardest, with four reported deaths. Three people were also reported missing. One person was struck by lightning and the others drowned.
The hardest-hit areas include the eight cities and counties of Guangyuan, Mianyang, Deyang, Chengdu, Ziyang, Suining, Nanchong, and Bazhong, according to multiple Chinese-language reports. Three were killed in Shaba Town of Guangyuan City, the Sichuan Online report said.
During the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, more than 68,000 people died. Many of the deaths were blamed on poor infrastructure and shoddily constructed buildings.
Ms. Xu of Shehong told The Epoch Times that the county was quickly submerged in chest-high water. Almost every house she saw was flooded. The water level was reported by Sichuan Online to be as high as about 2 feet on some main roads.
Floods washed away a 20-ton oil storage tank in Dongyue Township in Shehong, resulting in an oil leak. A lightning strike triggered an explosion and an accompanying fire, injuring two people.
A local, who declined to be named, told The Epoch Times that heavy rain inundated the city of Mianyang. It started falling Sept. 10 in the early morning and has not stopped yet.
The rain disrupted basic services for many in the city, including electricity, telecommunications, and water.
“In a decade, I have not encountered such heavy rain. Buckets are coming down,” a villager from Santai County in Minyang told The Epoch Times.
Chinese officials said the rains and floods adversely affected approximately 83,000 in 27 townships in Santai. Seven elementary schools in the county are at risk of collapse due to the rains.
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