The death toll from a bridge collapse in central China has risen to 51 people as the country’s worst flooding in decades continues to wreak havoc today.
Rescuers are searching for 15 people still missing in Henan province’s Yi River after a bridge collapsed more than a week ago, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
A witness said the bridge collapsed when pedestrians crowded on to watch the flooding after heavy rains overflowed the river.
Floods this year have killed at least 928 people, left 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage across the country, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported.
More heavy rains were expected to sweep over the north-west, north-east, south-west and central parts of China tomorrow.
Over the weekend, about 300,000 residents were trapped and left without tap water in their homes in the north-eastern province of Jilin after torrential rains drenched the industrial city of Tonghua and damaged four major water pipelines, Xinhua reported.
Flooding has struck areas all over China this year.
An estimated 875,000 homes have been destroyed, 9.61 million people evacuated, and 22 million acres of crops ruined this year, according to the state flood control office.