Torrential rain and landslides in China have left more than 200 people dead or missing in recent days, state media and the government said.
Landslides and floods in Sichuan Province in the southwest had killed 31 people by Thursday, according to data from the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs, with 166 more missing. More than 2 million people had been affected in the region, it added.
Another 13 people had died, with four missing, since Sunday in Yanan in the northwest, where local authorities warned of a high risk of flooding and landslides, Xinhua said.
Official figures also showed deaths in several other parts of China, from the central provinces of Henan and Hubei to the northern region of Ningxia.
The Chinese government raised the flood alert status on the Yangtze River, warning of potential downpours and windstorms in the waterway’s middle and lower reaches yesterday as Soulik moves closer, news portal people.com.cn said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has called on the authorities to “spare no efforts” in searching for people left missing in the landslides, according to a statement sent by the General Office of the Communist Party of China to Xinhua.
Additional reporting Mo Yan-chih