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15 people were killed and 3 missing after heavy rain hit Shanxi


Source: Global Times

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Fifteen people were killed and three are missing as of Tuesday after torrential rains battered North China's Shanxi Province, causing floods and landslides.


The ancient city of Pingyao damaged by heavy rain


Cultural relics in the province have also been threatened, like the famous Pingyao ancient city -- the best preserved in China -- which suffered 51 collapsed or damaged spots on its walls. 



Aerial photo shows rescuers fortifying temporary dyke against the flood at Lianbo Village in Hejin City, north China's Shanxi Province, Oct. 10, 2021.


The heavy rainfall started from October 2 and broke the precipitation record of the province with an average of 119 millimeters, causing 37 rivers to flood, Shanxi authorities said at a Tuesday press conference. 


Landslide caused by heavy rain


More than 1.75 million people in 76 counties of 11 Shanxi cities have been affected and 120,100 displaced
Some 23,858 hectares of crops were impacted, 19,500 houses collapsed and 18,200 are severely damaged. The direct economic loss has reached 5 billion yuan ($770 million).
The downpours have also threatened cultural relics, especially ancient architecture in Shanxi. 



Primary checks found 1,763 relics in Shanxi collapsed or were damaged due to the rain as of Monday and the National Cultural Heritage Administration sent experts and allocated funds for local rescue and restoration of the relics. The administration also vowed to enhance follow-up support for the province's relics protection at a working meeting on Monday. 
Damages to the old structures included collapsed walls, leaking roofs, crevices caused by rainwater saturation and foundation settlement. Most sites that are listed as protected have been spared from the destruction, but most structures without proper protection have been heavily affected, according to the administration. 



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