Flooding, heavy rains kills 14 in China

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 3:13 AM

Heavy rains that have unleashed flooding across southwest China and left at least 14 people dead will continue to pound the region in the coming days, the country's meteorological agency said Tuesday.

The latest deaths, reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, occurred in Sichuan province. Photos from the province posted on Xinhua's website showed homes and cars submerged in water and people rowing to safety.

Landslides and mudslides have toppled homes and blocked roads in the area, and the National Meteorological Center forecast that the torrential rains that caused them will last for another three days.

Xinhua said another 11 people have been injured in the flooding.

Flooding across the country this month _ including in Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces _ has left more than 80 people dead or missing and forced more than 1 million people to evacuate, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a report.

The floods have caused nearly $3 million in damage and submerged 29,000 houses across the three provinces, the ministry reported.

It was not clear if the latest deaths in Sichuan were included in the ministry's count.

The floods in Shaanxi in the northwest are the worst in 50 years, Xinhua reported on Tuesday, and have forced 70,000 people to be evacuated.