Flood kills 76 in Fushun

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 4:58pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 5:48pm

Chinese state media say a river flood triggered by torrential rains has killed 76 in a northeastern city.

The official Xinhua News Agency said a memorial service was held on Saturday in the city of Fushun for the victims. It says another 88 people remained missing as of Friday.

It quotes Fushun mayor Luan Qingwei as saying the flood was the worst in decades for the city, where a river cuts through the downtown.

A statement by Fushun’s municipal government has declared on Saturday as a citywide day of condolence and that all public entertainment activities should be halted for the day.

Fushun, located in a mountainous area, has been hit hard by floods ravaging China’s northeastern provinces. Dozens more have been reported killed by floods elsewhere in the region.