Video: Sichuan floods pull man trapped in house into roaring river

Neighbours catch footage of a man and his house being swept away

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 July, 2013, 1:59pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 July, 2013, 3:16pm

A video of a man and his entire house plunging into a raging river has emerged on the internet, painting a terrifying picture of the floods wracking Sichuan province.

The video shows a man standing on the balcony of a damaged three-storey house, trapped with no means of escape as floodwater washes around him. Before help could arrive, his house collapsed under the force of the river, sending him plummeting into the waters below.

The video seems to have been taken by neighbours from a distance. It appears to have been filmed in Shifang, a city in Sichuan province, which has been inundated with floods from the Shiting River caused by torrential rains.

Posted on YouTube, the Daily Mail and China’s Sina Weibo, the video is one of several bits of media that have emerged since the floods began, revealing the devastation in Sichuan, a province still recovering from two deadly earthquakes in the last five years.

“This is too tragic,” one Weibo commenter wrote, of the man in the video as the floods washed him away. “I hope at least it was a quick end [for him].”

“In the face of natural disasters, people always look so fragile and small,” another said.

Since floods began on Monday, villages have been cut off by landslides, and communication lines throughout Sichuan have been rendered useless. At least two were killed and 21 missing in a mountain village on Wednesday, and the government has reported that these are some of the heaviest rains that Sichuan has seen in 50 years.