Tue, September 11, 2012
China > Mainland > Multiple earthquakes hit Yunnan Province

Downpour batters SW China's quake zone, forcing thousands to evacuate

2012-09-11 03:18:09 GMT2012-09-11 11:18:09(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A waterlogged relocation site is seen at Yiliang People's hospital in the quake-hit Yiliang County, Zhaotong City, sorthwest China's Yunnan Province, on Sept. 11, 2012. Torrential rain hit Yiliang County since early Tuesday, causing flood and mudslides. Earthquake victims have been evacuated as many relocation sites were destroyed by the flood. Multiple earthquakes struck Yiliang County and neighboring areas in Yunnan Province on Sept. 7, killing at least 81 people.(Xinhua/Qin Qing)

Photo taken on Sept. 11, 2012 shows the surged water level in a river which flows through the quake-hit Yiliang County, Zhaotong City, sorthwest China's Yunnan Province. Torrential rain hit Yiliang County since early Tuesday, causing flood and mudslides. Earthquake victims have been evacuated as many relocation sites were destroyed by the flood. Multiple earthquakes struck Yiliang County and neighboring areas in Yunnan Province on Sept. 7, killing at least 81 people.(Xinhua/Qin Qing)

Photo taken on Sept. 11, 2012 shows a road damaged by the mudslides in the quake-hit Yiliang County, Zhaotong City, sorthwest China's Yunnan Province. Torrential rain hit Yiliang County since early Tuesday, causing flood and mudslides. Earthquake victims have been evacuated as many relocation sites were damaged by the flood. Multiple earthquakes struck Yiliang County and neighboring areas in Yunnan Province on Sept. 7, killing at least 81 people.(Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

A man shouldering beddings is evacuated from a relocation site in the quake-hit Yiliang County, Zhaotong City, sorthwest China's Yunnan Province, on Sept. 11, 2012. Torrential rain hit Yiliang County since early Tuesday, causing flood and mudslides. Earthquake victims have been evacuated as many relocation sites were damaged by the flood. Multiple earthquakes struck Yiliang County and neighboring areas in Yunnan Province on Sept. 7, killing at least 81 people.(Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)


YILIANG, Yunnan, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- A heavy downpour started to strike southwest China's quake-hit county of Yiliang early Tuesday morning, triggering floods and forcing thousands to evacuate.

Local fire department has dispatched 22 rescue teams to help evacuate people to safe places after receiving calls for help before dawn.

Rainfalls in the mountain region in Yunnan Province reached 152 millimeters on average within seven hours, causing floods to hit a dozen of temporary settlements where thousands of quake victims live, said a spokesman with the provincial fire department.

A bridge in front of the county's hospital was submerged by river flooding on Tuesday morning.

Landslide and mud-rock flows triggered by the rain were also reported in Yiliang, where multiple quakes have claimed 81 lives since Friday.

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