China floods: the struggle to rescue desperate, stranded villagers



Zhang Wen was sitting on the roof of his house, holding his two children. The waters had engulfed the whole village. He decided to swim out.Residents in the Weihui county village of Xiayuan were desperate for rescue. Days of heavy rainfalls have caused at least 56 deaths in China’s central Henan province, and the villages on the outskirts of Xinxiang city were almost cut off from the outside.When photographer Simon Song and I arrived at the scene on Friday, Zhang had just made it out, wearing…