| 3 December 2023, Sunday |

A mudslide kills at least 2 in China while rain from Khanun cancels some trains in the northeast

An official news agency said Saturday that a mudslide triggered by torrential rains killed at least two people on the outskirts of Xi’an in western China, while some trains in the northeast were canceled as a major storm lashed the region.

Rescuers were hunting for 16 missing individuals after a mudslide in the village of Luanzhen on Friday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency. It stated that highways, bridges, and electricity supply had been affected.

Parts of China suffer heavy rains and flooding every summer, but this year has been unusually severe in some areas, while other regions struggle with drought that is damaging crops.

Elsewhere, some train services in Shenyang, the biggest city in China’s northeast, and surrounding Liaoning province were suspended starting Saturday evening due to heavy rains caused by the remnants of Khanun, state TV reported. Khanun pummeled parts of Japan as a typhoon before weakening over the Korean Peninsula on its way to China.

Some 23,000 people were evacuated from the northeastern city of Shulan in Jilin province due to heavy rain, according to Xinhua. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported.

A total of 142 people nationwide were killed by flooding, landslides and mountain torrents in July, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The capital, Beijing, and neighboring Hebei province last week suffered their heaviest rainfall in at least 140 years, according to the government.

On Friday, the Hebei government raised the death toll in floods this month caused by Typhoon Doksuri to at least 29. The official death toll from floods in Beijing rose to 33 this week. The government said it could take up to three years for power and other services to be completely restored.

  • Associated Press