Flood Strands 17,000 People in China
Created: 2013-06-19 11:11 EST
Recent recurrent floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have affected over 17,000 people in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The weather condition has also seen major and continuous disruptions on local roads.
The torrential rain, which began Friday, hit much of southern Xinjiang, including Aksu, Hotan, Kashgar and Kizilsu Kirghiz regions according to a statement from local flood control and drought relief authority.
Meanwhile, wet conditions in the worst-hit area of Aksu on Tuesday evening, destroyed large stretches of farmland, stranding more than 700 farmers.
Infrastructure in the region including bridges and roads, was also damaged from the torrential rain.
A local highway maintenance station staff member who has worked in the area for more than 33 years said that he has never seen so much of a flood hit the area like this before.
Moreover, incidents were reported at three sections of Aksu railway line on Wednesday night, stranding a series of trains.
"The flood damaged eight meters across track, leaving a total of 14 to 15 holes. The flood is too strong in the upper stream, which flowed into the diversion canal. It damaged the roadbed from the inside track," said Ni Pei, the director of the Aksu section at Urumqi Railway Bureau.
At around 19:40 Wednesday night, the Southern Xinjiang Railway resumed normal service.