Flooding sends bus into river in China; 120,000 evacuated
BEIJING (AP) — A bus fell into a river in northern China on Monday, leaving at least three people dead and 11 others missing after flooding from heavy rains destroyed homes and covered farmland.
Video was posted online showing people standing on top of a submerged bus in a river that flows over a nearby bridge. It is located about 265 km mile (SW of Beijing).
Authorities in Hebei province said in a social media post that 37 of the 51 people on the bus had been rescued. State broadcaster CCTV said that three had died, and 11 were missing.
In neighboring Shanxi province to the west, more than 120,000 people had been evacuated as thousands of houses collapsed and 190,000 hectares (470,000 acres) of crops were damaged, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday. The provincial government announced late last week that
operations were suspended at 60 mines in Shanxi. This is a large coal-producing area. This is because the government is trying address power shortages that have impacted industry and even some homes ..
Shanxi is a normally dry area and has closed down 166 tourist spots. The heavy rains damaged a 25-meter (80-foot) section of a wall in the historic town of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Xinhua said. The state news agency stated that continuous rain poses the greatest threat to the city’s historic clay structures.