Xinxiang, China (AP) —A truck carrying water and food spilled into a flood-centered Chinese city on Sunday, killing at least 63 people. Meanwhile, the soldiers laid sandbags to fill the gaps in the river embankment that submerged the neighborhood.
After record rains, road floods, and train disruptions that began on Tuesday, residents cleared up mud, destroyed cars, and other debris. The rain subsided early in the week, but some areas were still waiting for water to drain up to 2 meters (6 feet) deep.
On Sunday, the state government raised the death toll to 63 and five were missing, state television reported. It is said that 8,876 houses have collapsed.
The truck unloaded instant noodles and other commodities at the Xinxiang stadium, 40 miles (65 km) north of the big city of Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Volunteers transferred and distributed pallets of drinking water that were piled higher than their heads to other trucks.
Volunteers occasionally cheered, “Go, Shingo!”
According to the Xinhua News Agency, the direct economic loss of Henan Province as a whole was estimated at 13.9 billion yuan ($ 2 billion). A total of more than 3,800 homes have collapsed throughout the state, with 920,000 people evacuated.
Paramedics were trying to fill the gaps in the embankment that flooded parts of some villages.
Soldiers and paramilitary police, official newspapers dumping stones and sandbags in a 100-meter (300-foot-long) and 8-meter-deep (25-foot-deep) gap in the Weihe River in Xinxiang City. The Ring Ball Time Report reported.
On Saturday, authorities intentionally flooded part of the nearby snake city and lowered water levels elsewhere, according to Shanghai’s online news outlet The Paper.
Contributed by Caroline Chen, Associated Press News Assistant.