Panic: Tourists flee as the ridal bore breaks through the dam by the Qiantang River in Haining, east China's Zhejiang province

 

Tidal wave: Spectators scatter as the water crashes over them in one of Mother Nature's more unusual phenomena

Swept away: Police try valiantly to protect the crowds from the tidal surge, including women and children, but the sheer weight and speed of the water carries off everyone in its path

Swamped: The owners of this van may be having to hitch a ride home with someone else, after the river waters flow over the protective dam and engulf the vehicle