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Bus plunge, floods kill 28 in China

  • Published at 12:39 pm October 12th, 2021
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A man makes his way along a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Jiexiu in the city of Jinzhong in China's northern Shanxi province on October 11, 2021 AFP

At least 1.75 million residents across the province have been affected by the floods, with 120,000 safely evacuated

At least 13 people died after a bus plunged into a rushing river amid heavy flooding that has caused 15 other fatalities in northern China, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

The flooding hit the coal-rich landlocked region during a nationwide energy crunch, and after record floods killed more than 300 people in central Henan province in July.

At least 60 coal mines in the province -- one of China's top coal-producing regions -- had temporarily closed due to the floods, but now all but four have returned to normal operation, local emergency management official Wang Qirui said at a press conference.

Wang said around 19,000 buildings were destroyed by the extreme weather, with 18,000 others "seriously damaged."

"Fifteen people died due to the disaster, and three people remain missing," he added.

Meanwhile on Monday, 13 people died outside the Hebei provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, when a bus plunged into a rushing river as the driver ignored warnings not to attempt to cross the bridge that was almost covered by the surging flood waters, AP reported citing Official news website The Paper. 

Video posted online showed people on top of the almost-submerged bus as water was flowing over the bridge.

At least 1.75 million residents across the province have been affected by the floods, with 120,000 safely evacuated, according to Wang.

Photos published on Tuesday by local state newspaper Shanxi Evening News showed traffic police carrying schoolchildren on their backs while wading through waist-deep water after multiple vehicles got trapped.

Shanxi received more than three times the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week, with the provincial government saying precipitation had broken records in multiple localities.

Several regions across China have been hit by unprecedented flooding this year.

Thousands were evacuated in the Hubei and Sichuan provinces this summer because of torrential rain.

And more than 300 people were killed in central China's Henan province last month after record downpours -- a year's worth of rain in three days.

Experts say freak weather events such as heavy floods and punishing droughts are becoming increasingly common because of climate change.

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