Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Reuters-Scores of People Missing After Landslide In China

Rescuers searching for survivors in landslide in China: Reuters/Xinhua/Zhong Zhifang
(Story reported by Huang Yan and Chris Buckley for Reuters News)

(Reuters) - At least 67 people were missing after mudslides hit a remote southwest Chinese town near Myanmar, state media reported on Wednesday, adding to the thousands killed or missing in floods and landslides this year.

Mudslides triggered by torrential rains hit a township in Gongshan County, located in a mountainous corner of Yunnan province, early on Wednesday morning, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The number of casualties is unknown at the moment," the report said.

Rescuers have been sent to the isolated area, which also lies near Tibet. The Nu River, which flows from the mountains, is swollen from rains that have lifted its water level by up to 6 meters (20 feet), Xinhua added.

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

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