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More than 50,000 evacuated after river overflows in northeast China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Heavy rains cause flooding along the Yalu River
  • The river separates China and North Korea
  • State media: At least three people are missing

(CNN) -- Officials in northeastern China have evacuated more than 50,000 people as floodwaters collapse houses and cut off transportation in some areas, state media reported Saturday.

Heavy rains caused flooding along the Yalu River, which separates China and North Korea, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

At least 230 houses collapsed and at least three people were missing in Dandong City, Xinhua said. The news agency said transportation, communication and power were also cut off in some areas.

Officials suspended train service as floodwaters rushed over railroad tracks, a railway spokesman told Xinhua.

China's National Meteorological Center warned Saturday morning that heavy rains would continue for the next 24 hours in the southeastern parts of Liaoning and Jilin provinces, where the river is located.