Five people were confirmed dead and four others remained missing after they were swept away by heavy-rain triggered flood in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday.
Thirteen people were washed away from a riverside restaurant at a village in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi. Four were rescued.
The Xi’an Municipal Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow alert for storm on Monday, warning that torrential rain may cause landslides and floods.
The precipitation at the village was recorded at 145.7 mm, the highest over the past 30 years.
Liang Bo, a firefighter participating in the rescue, said more than 50 stranded tourists and villagers have been relocated to safe place.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): LIANG BO, Rescuer
“We built floating bridges over the flood. But we worried that stones might fall on the bridges because it was still raining during the rescue.”
Over 200 policemen, firefighters, and local residents are still searching for the missing.