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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Floodwaters engulf ancient town of Fenghuang

Floodwaters engulfing streets in the ancient
town of Fenghuang, central China's Hunan province. AFP Photo
Wednesday, tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the area when one of China's renowned ancient towns was engulfed in floods.

The old town district of Fenghuang nestles on the banks of a winding river in a picturesque, mountainous part of Hunan province, and boasts stunning Qing and Ming dynasty architecture dating back hundreds of years.

It can attract 30,000 visitors a day and has applied for world heritage status recognition from UNESCO, but pictures showed it inundated, with the central span of a bridge poking up through the waters.

Reports said electricity had been cut off and 50,000 tourists and locals had been evacuated from Fenghuang and the surrounding county.

"Torrential downpours have led to Fenghuang old town becoming a water town," said a posting on a discussion page on the topic set up on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

[Source: Hurriyet Daily]


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