Floodwaters hamper China's relief efforts

Floodwaters hamper China's relief efforts

Hunger and cold linger as traffic, telecoms cut off

Chen Zhenglan was about to have her first meal in two days.

The resident of Yuyao, Zhejiang province, and her family members were preparing noodles on the roadside at 4 pm on Wednesday.

As the worst flood in decades ravaged the city, Chen was just one of the many residents cut off from food, clean water and proper accommodation.

The flood rose so quickly that the family from Baijiao village was only able to recover a little food, clean water and a gas cylinder on two motor tricycles from the waist-deep water, said the woman, 50, wearing a winter sweater.

"We were forced to move out of the house Tuesday night," Chen said. "It kept raining during the night, and we six adults have to stand at the roadside and huddle under two umbrellas."

Zhu Dailin, 9, the only child in the family, was given some fried rice on Wednesday. The girl is Chen's niece, and she and her grandmother took shelter in the narrow carriage of a tricycle placed at the roadside on Tuesday night.

"I am scared of the darkness," the girl said. "It's very uncomfortable (in the carriage). My legs are numb."

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