Three killed, eight missing in Tibet flood
Three persons were drowned and eight others missing when flood waters from the swollen Shouxi river hit Tibet.india Updated: Jul 17, 2003 10:59 IST
Three persons were drowned and eight others missing when flood waters from the swollen Shouxi river, a tributary of the Minjiang river, hit the Himalayan region of Tibet, a report said today.
According to officials with the government of the Tibet autonomous prefecture of Aba in Sichuan province, southwest China, rainstorms pounded the upper reaches of the Minjiang Tuesday evening, generating the most severe flooding since 1964.
The flood inflicted heavy damage on communications and traffic facilities and affected more than 120 hectares of farmland.
Rescue work is still underway, the report said.
Meanwhile, the water level of Hongze lake on the lower reaches of the Huaihe river has been dropping steadily over the past two days, according to the flood control headquarters of east China's Jiangsu province.
According to officials, the water level at the Jiangba hydrologic station on Hongze lake had dropped to 14.23 meters by yesterday, down 0.06 meters from Tuesday.
Experts with the headquarters attributed the improvement to the building of a canal to the sea and to the scientific management of the Sanhe Sluice gate, which was opened at the start of the flood season to release the surging flood waters.
First Published: Jul 17, 2003 10:59 IST