Torrential rain continues to lash China – claiming the lives of dozens more people.
As many as 700 people have been killed due to flooding this year. Three hundred and forty seven others are missing and the authorities are braced for more heavy rain and the inevitable landslides that follow.
Since late last week, 37 people have died – and 86 are missing after landslides and flooding in northwestern Shaanxi province and southwestern Sichuan.
Millions of people have had to be re-located with entire villages evacuated. Throughout the country communities are carefully monitoring rising river levels.
The reservoir behind the Three Gorges dam – the world’s biggest hydro-electric plant – is at its highest ever level. Floodwaters are said to be flowing faster than in 1998 when a devastating deluge killed more than 4,000 people.