Floods force 120,000 to flee in Shanxi Province

Heavy rain has caused floods and landslides in wide areas of China's inland regions, forcing hundreds of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reports that downpours hit the provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi from October 2 to around October 7.

Local authorities in Shanxi say about 120,000 people were evacuated as of Sunday.

Officials also say the disasters destroyed around 17,000 homes and affected more than 1.75 million people.

They added that a landslide has killed four people in the city of Linfen.

A tributary of the Yellow River has breached its banks. Footage shows floodwater inundating wide areas.

The Chinese government has sent emergency response teams to the affected regions for relief operations.