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Floods in China: Henan mother dies after rescuing her baby from landslide

A woman who pulled her baby to safety when her home was hit by a mudslide and floods has died, according to rescue workers in China.

The child was pulled out alive on Wednesday after being buried under debris for more than 24 hours.

Heavy rains reportedly triggered a landslide in the city of Wangzongdian in Henan province.

At least 51 people were killed and nearly 400,000 evacuated from their homes as record rains caused massive flooding in the area.

Pictures of rescuers saving the baby have caused a stir in China. He is believed to be around three to four months old.

“I heard the baby’s voice and at that moment the rescuers had just arrived and managed to save the child. Her mother threw her to a higher place,” a family member identified as Mr. Zhao told Southern Metropolis Daily.

The baby was taken to hospital and was unhurt.

His mother’s body was only found on Thursday. Rescuers told Beijing Youth Daily that when they found her body, she was frozen and appeared to be lifting something.

“At that crucial moment, she lifted her child, and that is why the girl is still alive,” a rescuer named Mr. Yang told reporters.

Local reports do not mention the name of the mother or the child.

Over the past week, rains and floods have caused chaos across the province. Major roads have turned into rivers, with cars, debris and even people swept away by the fast-flowing water.

In the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, at least 12 people were killed when floodwaters inundated an underground line on Tuesday night.

Mr. Zhao said rescue work was difficult because the main access bridge to the remote village had washed away. Many houses were destroyed by floods and rainwater, leaving villagers defenseless.

“There are still many elderly people and children in Wangzongdian who have very limited ability to save themselves,” Zhao said.

On Friday, rescuers were still trying to help survivors in the vast area of more than 90 million people.

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