Monday, August 9, 2010

BBC News-Death Toll Rises In China Landslide

China landslide:
(Story reported by BBC News)

The death toll from landslides in north-west China has risen to 337, with 1,148 people missing, state-run Xinhua news agency says.

The landslides in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, were triggered by torrential rains that hit the area on Saturday.

Landslide debris blocked a river, which burst its banks, sending water, rocks and mud down several hillsides and on to homes.
Earlier on Monday evening the toll had stood at 137, with 1,348 missing.

The landslides in Gansu came as China was struggling with its worst flooding in a decade, with more than 1,000 people reported dead and millions more displaced around the country.

In Gansu, the landslides tore down apartment blocks, and buried houses and streets under deep layers of mud.

(click here to read the full story on the BBC News website)

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