Flood Traps Hundreds in Southwest China


A flood resulting from heavy rainstorms trapped hundreds in China's southwest Guilin City Tuesday (April 30), state media reported.

State television CCTV said that heavy rain hit Guilin City early Tuesday morning, trapping residents, clogging roads, and damaging local infrastructure.

CCTV showed footage of rescuers carrying trapped residents from flooded alleyways and rivers.

In some areas, flood waters are as high as one meter (3.28 feet), CCTV said.

CCTV said that the heavy flooding of Guilin's nearby Lijiang River prompted the local government to halt all navigation on the river's waterways through Wednesday (May 1) despite the three-day Labor Day national holiday which usually sees plenty of traffic.

Official state-run news agency Xinhua said that no casualties have been reported thus far, although rescue efforts continue.

Guilin City, a popular tourist destination in China, is known for its striking scenery as well as deep poverty.

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