These incredible photos show how authorities were able to use an excavator to rescue over 250 people from a village in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, hard hit by recent flooding.
Around 234,000 people have been displaced by the floods, which began after heavy rains hit the country earlier this month. Sichuan province has been especially badly hit, with some areas seeing the worst flooding in 50 years:
Nationwide, at least 46 people have died due to the violent weather since Sunday, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged and transportation has come to a virtual standstill in hard-hit areas.
Many of the casualties in Sichuan were from a massive landslide that struck a scenic resort outside the city of Dujiangyan, killing at least 18 people and leaving 107 missing. An entire hillside collapsed onto clusters of holiday cottages where city dwellers go to escape the summer heat, a survivor told Xinhua news agency.
Some 352 people previously reported to have been trapped at the scene have been rescued and relocated.
The 94 centimeters of rainfall that fell on Dujiangyan over 40 hours from Monday was the heaviest since records began in 1954, local officials said.
More heavy rain is expected next Thursday.
Horrific video shows house and occupants being swept away by Sichuan floods
[Image credit: Xinhua]