A bridge that collapsed in central China as a result of the country’s worst flooding in decades has left 51 people dead, it has been reported.
The Xinhua New Agency said rescue efforts were still going on in the search for 15 people still missing following the collapse of the bridge over the Yi River in Henan province.
According to a witness, the bridge collapsed when a large crowd of pedestrians gathered on it to watch the flood water after heavy rain caused the river to overflow.
China’s State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office said floods have already killed 928 people this year across the country, with around 477 more still missing.
More heavy rains were expected to sweep over the north-west, north-east, south-west and central parts of China on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, about 300,000 residents were trapped and left without tap water in their homes in the north-eastern province of Jilin after torrential rains drenched the industrial city of Tonghua and damaged four major water pipelines, Xinhua reported.
Flooding has struck areas all over China this year. An estimated 875,000 homes have been destroyed, 9.61M people evacuated, and 8.9M ha of crops ruined, according to the state flood control office.