| GEO World|
50,000 evacuated in China flooding near N.Korea border
| Updated at: 1001 PST, Saturday, August 21, 2010|
BEIJING: Three people were missing and more than 50,000 others evacuated in northeast China Saturday after flooding along the Yalu river, which forms the border with North Korea, officials and state media said.
About 230 homes have collapsed in the city of Dandong and some transport, power and communication links have been cut off but no fatalities have been reported, the news agency reported, citing the local government.
An official at Dandong's flood control headquarters refused to confirm the number of people evacuated when contacted by media, but insisted the situation was "not serious" in the city of 2.4 million.
Media however said that some roads were submerged along the river, and houses in Dandong were flooded with water that was already knee-deep, after heavy rains which began early Friday swelled the water level in the Yalu.
Workers were racing to build a sand-bag flood barrier along the river, the agency reported, with more rain forecast throughout Saturday.
Heavy summer rains across large parts of China have triggered the country's worst floods in a decade.