Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Terrifying moment a passenger ferry toppled over in the Chinese floods - 21st Sept 2011

This is the terrifying moment a passenger boat capsized after it clashed with a restaurant boat during a rescue operation on the flooded Jialing River in southwest China's Chongqing municipality.

As torrential rain continues to lash Chinese provinces, authorities and volunteers have desperately worked to help the millions affected move to safer places and rescue stranded citizens.

But rescuers on the river bank could only watch as this boat, believed to be carrying staff and passengers, tipped over into the gushing river yesterday.

The Jialing river was recorded nearly seven meters (23 feet) above alert levels, and waters were expected to rise to their highest levels since record-keeping began in 1847, the Xinhua news agency said.

Nearly 1.7 million people have been forced to abandon their homes and dozens more have died in heavy flooding across large parts of China, the government reported.

The relentless rains have unleashed flooding across China and left at least 57 people dead, dozens of others missing and hundreds injured, while more than a million residents have been evacuated from their homes The China Post reported. Read More