China flood victims still without food, power

China flood victims still without food, power

CHINA - Yuyao resident Zhu Qianshuang and her two children, including her 18-month-old son, spent another day in the flooded city, short of food and clean water.

Zhu, who is one of hundreds of migrant workers in Yuyao, has managed to survive the disaster in the past few days but has become increasingly worried about her baby, who has not had any milk powder and has instead been fed on milk tea she bought from a grocery.

"He will become ill if we cannot find proper food for him," said Zhu, who like many of the city's 800,000 victims has been living on instant noodles and fast food.

On the fourth day after the heaviest rainfall in 100 years battered the city, the skies finally cleared and water levels on the city's rivers dropped slightly.

At about 4 pm on Thursday, the water level on the Yaojiang River, which runs through the city, dropped to 4.95 meters from the record 5.33 meters in the past few days. But it is still 0.25 meters above the previous record high.

Public services, including power, tap water and telecommunications, resumed slowly.

A large part of the city remained blacked out on Thursday, and officials said they were having short-term difficulty in restoring power.

Wu Guocheng, head of the Ningbo Electric Power Bureau, said the city's biggest power load stood at 589,000 kW on Thursday, or half of its usual level.

China Mobile, a major telecom service provider, has repaired more than 70 per cent of its 867 work stations in the city. China Telecom, another supplier, still has its fixed lines paralysed.

Tap water in downtown areas was expected to resume by 8 pm on Thursday, with authorities busy repairing the city's two major water plants.

A large swathe of Yuyao, with a population of 1.3 million, remained submerged by floodwaters.

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