Flood Strikes Southern China

| July 4th, 2009

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NDDaily reports Flood hits Guangxi province Geshui county over 20 towns and cities. The most severely affected is the county capital. Most of the south and central area of the town were heavily flooded. Major streets’ traffic are disrupted, most of the stores are under water.

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The top of a gas station

In old town business district, even though flood came in the morning, stores at lower ground were flooded first, but in the neighboring stores, there were still people relaxing and playing Ma Jiang inside, till the floo d gradually rose up, then they left the store leisurely.

“Good thing there is the train goes through the town, and good thing the train track was built in high ground, or else we really don’t know how to get home.” July 3rd evening, a clothing store business owner Li Hui said walking along on the train tracks. Both side of the train tracks, street, market, residential houses are all soaked in flood. There are many people walking on the train tracks, this train track above the flood is the only passage on ground, with this passage they can go through many flooded areas.

Since the night before yesterday, flooded areas had the power outage soon water was also shut off. About 50,000 people spend the night in pitch black. These residents are living on stored water and food prior the disaster hit. Candles in store were all out of stock. Report saw many people came to one store to buy candles. The original price was 0.3 Yuan each is selling at 1 Yuan and still the supply cannot meet the demand.

Yesterday morning, vegetable prices rose unbelievably. Melons were 0.2 Yuan are now 1 Yuan, vegetables are not sold by weight anymore, one handful is 5 Yuan, it is 10 times as much as normally.

Up till July 4th 12 pm over 300 students are trapped by blood, without water, food and power. City mayor said “These students are safe and secure. Rescue effort is on its way as planned.”

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