Chinese Floods Traps Over 450 People

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Rescue workers are trying to save about 450 workers trapped in a flooded tunnel in north-eastern China.

Chinese Floods Traps Over 450 People

Rescue workers are trying to save about 450 workers trapped in a flooded tunnel in north-eastern China.

The workers were trapped in the tunnel, which is being built for a railway line in Chaotao town near Benxi city, China National Radio reported on Monday.

More than a dozen of the trapped workers were rescued on Monday morning.

Water up to two metres deep flooded into the tunnel from the nearby Sandaohe and Xihe rivers after torrential rain brought by Typhoon Damrey, the state broadcaster said.

Other state media showed police rescuing people by helicopter over the weekend from isolated villages cut off by the floods in Liaoning.

The provincial government on Monday said the weekend rain and floods had left at least nine people dead and four missing across the province.

More than 110,000 people were left homeless in Xiuyan city, where at least six died, it said.

Damrey affected about two million people in Liaoning, cutting electricity lines and paralysing road and rail traffic after killing at least two people in nearby Shandong province since Friday.

Meanwhile, other reports said firefighters were using boats on Monday to rescue hundreds more who were trapped by floods in the Xiangyang area of the central province of Hubei.