Breaking News: Flooding and Landslides Kill 53 in Southwest China
China can’t seem to get a break from flooding this year.
Torrential rains tore through China’s southwestern Guangxi region between May 31st and June 2nd, causing flooding and landslides that killed at least 53 people. Rescue workers found about 20 bodies during the aftermath and unfortunately, findings included children.
Three children, aged between 8 and 11, met their fate when they were walking home from school. They were reported missing since June 1st and it would seem they were swept away by the flood as they were heading (unaccompanied) to their grandparents’ house.
On top of the death toll, at least 11,000 homes, 15 reservoirs, and thousands of irrigation networks were destroyed, plus 200,000 people had to be evacuated. To make matters worse, more heavy rain is expected in the region this week.
Updates will be posted as they happen.
By Heidi Marshall