Heavy rain hits southwest China, at least 500 evacuated

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Reuters Changshou, Chongqing, China Sep 19, 2017, 11.54 AM (IST)

Five hundred residents were evacuated by local firefighters after heavy rain swelled rivers and threatened Changshou District of Chongqing Municipality in southwest China.

The heavy rain started from 1:00 a.m. and continued till noon, flooding roads and vehicles.

"The road over there was flooded. There is a winery there, but all wine (there) was washed away," said a local resident.

"The car was parked here. It is a coach car of our school and the one that was washed away is mine," said the owner.

The worst hit area is a local neighborhood named "Yunshi Lijing". All the roads and open space in that neighborhood were flooded, trapping about 500 residents.

After receiving reports, the local fire department immediately dispatched more than 50 firefighters to conduct rescue operation.

Firefighters struggled for hours before successfully evacuating all stranded residents from the flooded area and transferred them to a safe place.

According to the local authorities, the storm toppled 64 houses, affected 3,059 people, forcing 500residents to evacuate, causing a direct economic loss of $1.02 million.

The heavy rain also affected the power and gas supply in the area, and currently the power supply is gradually resumed and the gas facilities are under emergency repair.

The local governments are actively engaged in relief and relocation operations. So far no casualties have been reported.

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According to the local authorities, the storm toppled 64 houses, affected 3,059?people,?forcing?500residents to?evacuate, causing a direct economic loss of 6.75 million yuan (1.02 million U.S. dollars).