flash flood occurred recently in Pingwu County, Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, China. CCTV reported that flash floods occurred in Pingwu County at 5 a.m. on July 12 due to severe rains in neighboring counties upstream, killing three people and leaving 15 missing.

Yang, a Pingwu resident, told the Sound of Hope on July 14: “It rained heavily, the rain poured down, and the flooding upstream killed many. The houses were covered by mud and a landslide, and mud and timber had slid down to obstruct the road the day before yesterday.”

Some houses and a portion of a highway were washed away by flash floods. The traffic, electricity, and communication networks were all affected in communities.

According to a video captured by local netizens, the river was obstructed by several logs, and other debris carried away by the water after the flash flood.

On July 12, a local flood emergency plan was put into action

video uploaded by China News shows people climbing onto roofs to escape floodwaters in various villages hit by the calamity. The road abruptly collapsed on July 11, following heavy rain when inhabitants in the Pingwu area watched the water surge. Five individuals fell, and four suffered injuries, including a broken leg, collarbone, and coccyx. Fortunately, they all survived.

Zhou, a resident of Heping town in Pingwu district, told China News on July 13 that she was woken up at 4 a.m. on the 12th by the loud sound of gushing water. The water level under the bridge near her home quickly rose to the deck. She hurriedly told her family to move to the four-story hostel next door.

“We had a power cut then,” she explained. ” We struggled to reach the hostel. My two-story house was swamped for 3 to 5 minutes. The hostel’s third floor was inundated with water. The flood hit unexpectedly, trapping dozens of nearby residents on the hostel’s highest floor.”

Fang, a Heping town resident, was similarly woken by the sound of water at 4:40 a.m. on July 12. He recalled: “The sound of waves crashing on the stone was so loud. The air was full of a fishy odor. Neighbors said there was a flood. We went swiftly to a high spot when the water had reached chest level. Several Heping local homes had been inundated.”

According to Li Dewen, town head of Heping village, the calamity severely impacted the village, with floodwaters washing away the town’s roadways. The town formed a working group on the 13th and began assessing the situation.

Floods and landslides have swept away many portions of the 50-kilometer ring road nine from Pingwu to Wangbachu, according to the traffic police team of Pingwu. The road from Pingwu to Songpan was also destroyed in numerous areas. 

According to CCTV news, as of noon on July 14, 150 people were stranded, and over 700 were evacuated to a safe location in Heping village, Pingwu district.

According to Sound of Hope, more than 14,000 people were affected by severe rain on July 11 in six districts or cities of Sichuan province, including Chengdu, Deyang, Mianyang, Ya’an, Aba, and Ganzi; more than 16,000 households with more than 46,000 people were evacuated in 10 cities and 41 districts.

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