BEIJING: At least five people have been killed and 120,000 displaced due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in China’s Shanxi province.
Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Sunday that the largely arid province has received five times more rain than normal since the beginning of the month, resulting in the destruction of dams and rail lines.
According to Shanxi’s emergency management department, 1.75 million people have been affected by the floods and more than 17,000 buildings have collapsed.
A major coal-producing province has also closed 60 coal mines, raising concerns over fuel supplies as China grapples with power cuts.
Four traffic police officers were killed and another injured in a landslide in Pu county of Linfen city on Tuesday, the Post reported.
Further north, the city of Luliang reported one death on Monday due to a rain-induced landslide.
Work on more than 1,000 construction projects was halted and more than 160 scenic spots were closed amid record rains.
The Department of Emergency Management said that about 1.90 lakh hectares of crops were damaged and more than 17,000 houses collapsed.
Emergency management departments at various levels have allocated 4,000 tents, 3,200 folding beds as well as cotton clothes and quilts for disaster relief.
The Provincial Meteorological Bureau said that more rain is yet to come in the southern part of Shanxi, which is likely to cause a significant drop in temperature.
Provincial authorities have earmarked 50 million yuan (about US$7.8 million) to aid in flood control and relief work.
Zhang Jinye, from the rural area of Heijin City, is among more than 200 villagers who have been transported to a nearby primary school.
The official Xinhua news agency reported that the classrooms are equipped with air conditioners, hot water, TV sets and beds.