China floods: A mother dies after saving her baby from a mudslide in Henan


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China Floods: Rescuers in China say a woman died after throwing her baby into a safe place, as mud and floods hit their home.

The baby girl was pulled out alive on Wednesday after more than 24 hours buried under rubble.

Reports said heavy rains caused landslides in Wangzongdian village in Henan province.

The region has been hit by torrential rains due to unprecedented rainfall, with at least 51 dead and about 400,000 people displaced.

Pictures of rescue workers have spread to China. She is believed to be around three or four months old.

“I heard a child’s voice, and at that moment rescuers were already coming and were able to save the baby. He was thrown to high ground by his mother,” another family member known as Mr. Zhao told the Southern Metropolis Daily.

The baby was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced unharmed.

Her mother’s body was found on Thursday only. Rescuers told Beijing Youth Daily that when they found his body, it was frozen in what appeared to be a lift.

“At that critical moment, she had picked up her baby, which is why the baby girl was still there,” one of the rescue workers who called Mr. Yang told the media.

Local reports did not name the mother or child.

Rain and floods caused unrest in the province last week. Highways have turned into rivers, and cars, debris, and even people have been swept away by fast-moving currents.

In the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, at least 12 people were killed when floods engulfed a subway on Tuesday night.

Mr. Zhao said the rescue operation had been difficult as a remote bridge had been washed away by floodwaters. Many homes were destroyed by floods and rains, leaving the villagers vulnerable.

“Wangzongdian still has many adults and children, they have limited ability to save themselves,” said Mr. Zhao.

Rescuers on Friday were still trying to find survivors in a remote area, home to more than 90 million people.


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