|The normally dry Shanxi province received three months' rain in one week. (Photo BY=AFP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] BEIJING: Chinese local officials announced on Tuesday (Oct 12) that about 15 people have died during unseasonably heavy rain and flooding in north China's Shanxi province earlier this month, after the normally dry region received three months' rain in one week, news agencies reported.
The flooding hit the coal-rich landlocked region during a nationwide energy crunch, and after record, floods killed more than 300 people in central Henan province in July. At least 60 coal mines in the province, one of China's top coal-producing regions - had temporarily closed due to the floods, but now all but four have returned to normal operation, local emergency management official Wang Qirui said at a press conference. Wang said around 19,000 buildings were destroyed by the extreme weather, with 18,000 others "seriously damaged". Around1.75 million residents across the province have been affected by the floods, with 120,000 safely evacuated, according to Wang.
Photos published Tuesday by local state newspaper Shanxi Evening News showed traffic police carrying school children on their backs while wading through waist-deep water after multiple vehicles got trapped. Meanwhile, Shanxi received more than three times the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week, with the provincial government saying precipitation had broken records in multiple localities. Several regions across China have been hit by unprecedented flooding this year.