55,000 people evacuated due to heavy rains in Shanxi, China

55,000 people have been evacuated and 60 coal mines suspended operations after heavy rain hit China’s coal-rich Shanxi province, local authorities said Friday.

Recent rains in much of the province led to rising water levels and flooding in several local rivers, according to the provincial emergency management office.

Local authorities suspended operations at 372 noncoal mines, 14 hazardous chemical plants, more than 1,000 construction projects and 166 tourist sites.

The province also declared a level III disaster response and allocated 20 million yuan ($3.09 million) for disaster relief in hard-hit areas.

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