At least 120,000 people were evacuated in China’s Shanxi province last week due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall. Several local media reported this on Monday. More than 17,000 houses have collapsed. Authorities have not released information on the number of fatalities. According to state media four police officers have died because of a landslide.
The floods affect more than 176,000 people, according to local authorities. Nearly 200,000 hectares of crops have been damaged and 60 coal mines have been forced to close. Rain has caused a bus to fall into a river in nearby Hebei province. Three people were killed and 11 people on board are still missing.
The average rainfall in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, was 185.6 millimeters last week. By comparison, the average monthly rainfall in October in that city was about 25 millimeters from 1981 to 2010. Three months ago there were also major floods in China, then in Henan province. More than 300 people were killed.