Help us! Terrifying moment a passenger ferry toppled over in the Chinese floods
Last updated at 2:38 PM on 21st September 2011
This is the terrifying moment a passenger boat capsized after it clashed with a restaurant boat during a rescue operation on the flooded Jialing River in southwest China's Chongqing municipality.
As torrential rain continues to lash Chinese provinces, authorities and volunteers have desperately worked to help the millions affected move to safer places and rescue stranded citizens.
But rescuers on the river bank could only watch as this boat, believed to be carrying staff and passengers, tipped over into the gushing river yesterday.
Struck: The passenger boat capsizes after being hit by a restaurant boat on the flooded Jialing River in southwest China's Chongqing municipality
Toppled: The passenger boat hits the choppy water on its side
Submerged: The boat begins to tip over and roll upside down
The Jialing river was recorded nearly seven meters (23 feet) above alert levels, and waters were expected to rise to their highest levels since record-keeping began in 1847, the Xinhua news agency said.
Nearly 1.7 million people have been forced to abandon their homes and dozens more have died in heavy flooding across large parts of China, the government reported.
The relentless rains have unleashed flooding across China and left at least 57 people dead, dozens of others missing and hundreds injured, while more than a million residents have been evacuated from their homes The China Post reported.
Terrified: Residents are evacuated in boats from a flood zone in Guang'an in southwest China's Sichuan province
Desperate: Paramilitary police officers evacuate stranded residents from a flooded area in Bazhong city in southwestern China's Sichuan province after the city was engulfed in the torrential downpour
The unprecedented rains over the past week have deluged parts of northern, central and southwest China and rivers continue to swell, despite a break in the showers.
The torrential downpours, which began in September, have caused chaos around the streets of Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province, with the city being pummeled by 36 days of constant rainfall, the lengthiet wet season for the past decade.
The wet weather also submerged parts of the Shanghai-Nanjing intercity railway on Monday.
Salvaged: A resident gathers up what is left of his belongings from a house destroyed by flood and landslides in Yanziyan village in Muhuang town in Tongren area in southwestern China's Guizhou province