July 17, 2000 |
A mudslide set off by heavy rains buried scores of houses in central China, killing at least 119 villagers, an official said today. The disaster struck rural Ziyang county in Shanxi province late Thursday night, the region's Anti-Flood Office said. Torrential rains fell in the area from Tuesday to Friday. The disaster brings to at least 564 the number of people killed in summer flooding throughout China this year.
April 7, 2000 |
Fierce winds laden with desert dust buffeted Beijing on Thursday in what local reports said was the worst such storm in 10 years, delaying flights, pushing grit through windows and doors and sending people running for cover. Meteorologists said the storm, one of several unusually heavy ones this spring, was caused by dust rolling in from the northwest combined with severe winds in the Beijing region. By midmorning, yellowish clouds began to fill the horizon.
August 15, 1999 |
A torrential rainstorm in southeast China has killed more than 100 people and left tens of thousands homeless or stranded by flash floods, the New China News Agency said. The 24-hour deluge that began in Chenzhou in Hunan province destroyed more than 30,000 homes and did about $180 million in damage, the agency said. Three battalions of troops and police dispatched to the city evacuated 44,000 people, while 76,000 remained stranded.
February 15, 1999 |
A torrent of grief and a bundle of joy arrived the same day for Zhao Guangxian. On Aug. 25, his wife gave birth at a local hospital to the couple's first child while their adobe farmhouse was collapsing, a victim of rushing flood waters. Nearly six months later, Zhao and his extended family are installed in a new home. Furniture is sparse--the family fled with little save cooking supplies--and their fields are farther away, but Zhao is grateful for a roof over his head.
August 8, 1998 |
Carrying what possessions they could, hundreds of thousands of Chinese villagers turned their backs Friday on homes that will be sacrificed to the raging waters of the Yangtze River if authorities resort to drastic measures to keep flooding at bay. With the river at record levels and rising, officials were preparing to open floodgates and, if that failed, blow up a dike to divert the swollen waters from one of the most threatened sections of the 3,900-mile waterway.
August 2, 1998 |
Wang Zhanchen rushed in where younger men feared to tread water. Alerted by cries of a hole in the dike along the swollen Yangtze River, Wang, 68, stripped off his clothes and jumped into the waterway, pushing away the debris that clawed at his bare body. With his feet, the army veteran felt for the breach in the levee, then stood sentinel in chin-high water until onlookers plugged the gap with sandbags and even family quilts.