Six dead, 18 missing after landslides engulf vehicles in east China

10:25, June 16, 2010      

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Six bodies have been recovered after landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rains engulfed two vehicles in east China's Fujian Province, but 18 others remained missing, local authorities said Tuesday.

Only seven people have been rescued from the muddy torrents after a bus and a mini-van, which were carrying an estimated 31 people, were swept away Monday noon on a road in the rural mountainous areas in Yanping District, Nanping City.

"But we are still investigating whether the six dead were passengers of the two vehicles," said Huang Xinmin, deputy secretary-general of the Nanping municipal government.

Rescuers found the bus and lifted it from a river Tuesday, but they have not retrieved any bodies from the vehicle, Huang said.

Currently, the search continues for the missing people, he added.

Strong rainstorms have pounded Fujian since Sunday and triggered landslides in different parts of the province.

Source: Xinhua


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