Photos: Heavy Floods Hit China, 43 Dead

Heavy floods sweep through Beichuan County in southwest China's Sichuan province on Tuesday, July 9.
Heavy floods sweep through Beichuan County in southwest China’s Sichuan province on Tuesday, July 9.

Death toll reaches 43 after heavy floods hit Dujiangya, Southwest China.

The floods caused landslides including a landslide as big as a small town  that rushed down a mountain earlier in the week.

At least 118 people are still missing.

The disaster destroyed 5,100 houses, damaged another 90,000, smashing bridges and knocking out power to thousands of people.

More than 1.5 million people are affected by the flood.

It is said that this is the worst flood since 1998.

Forecast says that there will be more storms coming soon.

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World’s Largest Building Opens In China

To put this in perspective, Chengdu's New Century Global Center is big enough to house 20 Sydney Opera Houses.
To put this in perspective, Chengdu’s New Century Global Center is big enough to house 20 Sydney Opera Houses.

New Century Global Center, which opened on June 28, 2013 is the ‘largest free standing building in the world’.

Located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China, the New Century Global Center is 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high.

But remember, New Century Global Center is the largest building and not the tallest as the tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The New Century Global Center is located in an entirely new planned area of Chengdu called Tainfu New District.

There are offices, hotels, theaters, shopping malls, a faux Mediterranean village and family-themed attractions such as a water park called Paradise Island in the huge building.

The 1.7 million square meter mega structure is capable of housing twenty Sydney Opera Houses and almost three times the size of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

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