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Monday, August 23, 2010

Mafuriko yaathiri Uchina na Korea Kaskazini


Mafuriko yaathiri Uchina na Korea Kaskazini
Mto Yalu uliosababisha mafuriko

Mto Yalu uliosababisha mafuriko

Shirika la habari la Korea ya Kaskazini limesema zaidi ya watu elfu tano wamehamishwa kutoka mji wa Sinuiju kariba na mpaka wa Uchina kufuatia mafuriko makubwa.

Shirika hilo lilisema kuwa kiongozi wa nchi Kim Jong-il aliamuru vikosi vya jeshi kusaidia operesheni za uokozi.



Taarifa kutoka Uchina zinasema kuwa watu elfu tisini na nne wameachwa bila makao katika mji wa Dandong nchini Uchina, ambako kiasi cha nyumba mia mbili ziliporomoka.


Maafisa wa serikali ya Uchina walisema mvua inatarajiwa kuendelea kote katika jimbo hilo hadi siku ya Jumatatu.

Maporomoko ya ardhi na mafuriko yamewauwa zaidi ya watu elfu moja na mia tano kote Uchina katika miezi ya hivi karibuni


(Reuters) - More than 50,000 people have so far been evacuated from a city in northeastern China after flooding from a rain-swollen river that also borders North Korea, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday.

Homes and roads in Dandong city have been submerged under the water after the Yalu River, which runs between China and North Korea, broke its banks, Xinhua reported.

Heavy rain began pounding the area from early Friday cutting off some power and communication lines.

China's National Meteorological Center also warned on Saturday that torrential rains will hit China's northeastern, central and southwestern regions in the next 24 hours.

On Tuesday, China's state media reported that heavy rains in western China have killed at least another 51 people, adding to the more than 2,000 people who have died in flooding and landslides nationwide so far this year.

The Yalu is one of two main rivers dividing China from diplomatically isolated North Korea.

The reclusive state had yet to announce details of damage caused by the recent rains, although a report from the official KCNA news agency said parts of the country had been struck by record rainfall.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee, editing by Miral Fahmy)










Fresh floods in China's northeastern Liaoning province have forced more than 120,000 people to evacuate their homes and thousands to relocate in North Korea.


China's Civil Affairs Ministry said late Saturday that 127,000 people had been evacuated in Liaoning province in just three days due to the rains, AFP said.

Heavy summer downpours have dangerously swollen the Yalu River, which forms the boundary between China and neighboring North Korea. Chinese forecasters have warned of more heavy rains in parts of Liaoning.

In Dandong city alone, which borders North Korea, more than 94,000 residents were evacuated and some power and transport links were cut off, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

China has experienced a summer of weather-related catastrophes with over 2,100 reported dead or missing so far. Moreover, twelve million people have been evacuated nationwide.

Survivors face a grim situation in Gansu's Zhouqu County, where the devastating mudslides have left at least 1,254 people dead and 600 missing. Meteorologists have warned of more heavy rains in the coming days for the area.

MSH/TG/HRF

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