8,700 houses, farmlands, govt infrastructure wrecked

Beijing : Twenty people were killed and eight others went missing as torrential rains triggered flood in northwest China, state-run media reported on Saturday.

Over 8,700 houses, farmland, roads, railway lines and power and telecommunication facilities were damaged in the floods that have wreaked havoc in China since early this week, it said.

While 20 people died this week in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, eight remained missing after heavy downpours hit Qincheng Township in Hami on July 31, state-run Xinhua said.

In an hour, rainfall reached 110 mm, while the previous highest level was only 52.4 mm in the area, it said.

The floods triggered a partial breach of a reservoir, as the floodwater flowing into the reservoir reached 1,848 cubic metres per second, tripling the maximum of 537 cubic metres per second designed to withstand the worst flood in 300 years.

Meanwhile, over 5,500 people have been evacuated and provided with tents, daily necessities and medical treatment in temporary relocation sites, the report said.

Over 3,000 people, including government officials, soldiers and medical staff, were deployed for the relief and rescue operations, it said.

Tornado rips through NYC parts

New York: A tornado has touched down in New York City’s easternmost borough of Queens, causing damage to homes and knocking down trees and power lines in some neighbourhoods.

The tornado made its way to Queens at 10.20 pm on Thursday along a path about three-quarters of 1.2-km-long and 91 mtrs wide in the borough’s College Point and Whitestone neighbour­hoods, the National Weather Service said on Friday, Xinhua said. No injuries were reported.

The twister was confirmed as an EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, the weakest strength with winds in the 104-136 kph range.   —Agencies

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