Several people missing after fatal bus crash in China floods
At least three people have died and 11 more are missing after a bus fell into a river in northern China as flooding from heavy rains destroyed homes and flooded farmland.
A video posted online showed people atop a bus nearly submerged in a tumultuous river flowing over a nearby bridge outside of Shijiazhuang city, about 165 miles southwest of Beijing.
Authorities in Hebei Province said in a social media post that 37 of the 51 people on the bus had been rescued.
State broadcaster CCTV said three people died and 11 were missing.
In neighboring Shanxi province to the west, more than 120,000 people were evacuated as thousands of homes collapsed and 190,000 hectares (470,000 acres) of crops were damaged, the agency said on Sunday. Xinhua official press release.
Operations have been suspended at 60 coal mines in Shanxi, a major coal-producing region, due to the rains, the provincial government said late last week. The shutdown comes as the government attempts to address power shortages that have plagued the industry and even some homes.
Shanxi, normally a dry region, has also closed 166 tourist sites. Heavy rains damaged an 80-foot section of a wall in the historic town of Pingyao, a Unesco World Heritage site, Xinhua said.
The continued rain is the greatest threat to the city’s ancient clay structures, the agency added.