The terrifying moment a giant wave of dirt and trees buried a road and wiped out cars in its path in the Fujian province of China has been captured on camera.
- The cause of the landslide is under investigation
- As many as 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from their homes in large parts of southern and central China
- Ye Jianchun, the vice minister of water resources said that nationwide, 83 people have died or gone missing since the start of this year’s flood season
Emergency crews managed to free a man who was trapped by the landslide after three hours but he died on the way to hospital.
The cause of the landslide is under investigation.
A bridge also collapsed in south China’s Guangdong Province but the total number of casualties remains unclear.
As many as 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and floods swept through large parts of southern and central China, rescue authorities also said.
In a notice, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said 9,300 homes have collapsed and 3.71 million hectares of farmland damaged during the floods, with direct economic losses now estimated at 13.35 billion yuan ($2.79 billion).
Ye Jianchun, the Vice-Minister of Water Resources, said that 83 people have died or gone missing nationwide since the start of this year’s flood season.
Mr Ye also said 6.75 million people in 22 provinces have been affected.
Rescuers evacuate an elderly woman on a boat in Heyuan in southern China’s Guangdong province. (AP/Chinatopix)