China is bracing for more flooding in its central and southwestern regions. Already a great number of city dwellers in the northeast have been forced to flee. The civil affairs ministry said several were confirmed drowned and 127,000 had been rescued.
Almost 4,000 people have died in flooding and landslides nationwide so far this year, as China experiences its worst floods in a decade. The latest emergency, in Dandong city, came as the Yalu River, which runs between China and North Korea, burst its banks.
How the secretive and largely isolated neighbouring country is coping is not clear. North Korea’s state news agency reported record rainfall, and said thousands of people had been moved to safer high ground.
The Beijing Times writes that the Dandong floods are the second most serious since 1949. The weather bureau is forecasting additional heavy rain within 24 hours.