CHINA Over 300 rescuers rush to help after water floods village

CHINA

Over 300 rescuers rush to help after water floods village

China Daily

06:08, August 11, 2019

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A massive search and rescue work is underway at Shanzao village in Yongjia county of Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on Aug 10, 2019. (Photo: China Daily)

A village in Yongjia county of Wenzhou was flooded as torrential downpour burst a nearby barrier lake, leaving 18 dead and 14 missing on Saturday.

The Shanzao village was submerged by the flood early Saturday morning after Typhoon Lekima made landfall at about 1:45 am on Saturday in Wenling of Zhejiang.

The mountain torrential flood, with its highest water level rising above 10 meters within 10 minutes, inundated the village, besieging 120 villagers who found out it was too late to retreat to higher safety places, the Yongjia government said.

Over 300 people were involved in the search and rescue mission at the village on Saturday.

Che Jun, Zhejiang's Party secretary, rushed to the Shanzao village Saturday afternoon to check the damage and casualties.

In Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang, trees along the scenic West Lake were blow down by the howling gale at noon, crumbling road lamp poles.

In nearby Shanghai, the local meteorological observatory issued an orange alert on Typhoon Lekima Saturday afternoon, with heavy downpours expected in its urban area within the next six hours.

The Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, was closed on Saturday for safety reasons.

It is the first time that Shanghai Disneyland has closed down due to inclement weather conditions since its opening in June 2016.

People who had tickets for Shanghai Disneyland for Saturday can visit the park on any other day within the next six months (by February 10, 2020), according to the resort.

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