BEIJING — Floods caused by heavy rains in northeastern China stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, as the worst flooding in more than a decade continued to besiege many areas of the country.
Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported. More heavy rains were expected for the southeast, southwest and northeast parts of the country through today.
About 30,000 residents in the town of Kouqian were trapped in their homes after torrential rains drenched the northeastern province of Jilin on Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Water began flooding the town after the nearby Xingshan Reservoir and the Wende and Songhua rivers overflowed and rescue crews were delivering supplies by boat and moving people to higher ground, state television reported.
Flooding has hit areas all over China. The Han river in Hubei province is expected to rise this week to its highest level in two decades, Xinhua reported. The flood threat was greater than usual because the Yangtze, into which the Han flows, was also reaching peak levels, it said.
Workers were prepared to blast holes in the Han embankment to divert floodwaters into a low-lying area of farms and fish ponds, from which more than 5,000 people were evacuated, Xinhua said.
Thousands of rescuers in central China's Henan province searched for survivors Wednesday after a bridge collapsed from flooding in the Yi River over the weekend, killing 37 people with 29 missing, Xinhua reported.
Around China, a total of 875,000 homes have been destroyed, 9.61 million people evacuated, and 22 million acres of crops ruined in this year's flooding, according to the state flood control office.