Dozens dead, missing, thousands evacuated after China rainstorms, landslides

10:28, June 16, 2010      

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Fierce rainstorms and landslides over the past several days have left dozens of people dead or missing and forced thousands to be evacuated in southern and eastern China, local authorities said Tuesday.

In Nanping, eastern Fujian Province, six bodies have been recovered after landslides and flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, engulfed a bus and a mini-van on Monday noon while 18 others remained missing, said Huang Xinmin, deputy secretary-general of the Nanping municipal government.

"But we are still investigating whether the six dead were passengers of the two vehicles," he said.

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.

In the province's Shanghang County, flash floods left one dead and another missing.

Torrential rains also disrupted railway traffic and damaged power lines in Fujian, and hundreds of technical workers have been dispatched to repair the facilities.

In Cangwu, southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, landslides left two people dead, three injured and 18 others missing in several villages Tuesday. Almost 150 houses were destroyed and 29,000 villagers were moved to safer areas, according to the local public security authorities.

In Kangding, southwestern Sichuan Province, 23 workers were killed and another seven injured as part of a mountain collapsed and crushed work sheds at a hydroelectric project construction site Tuesday morning, according to the local public emergency command center.

Continuous rainstorms have also battered southern Guangdong Province, swelling rivers and forcing 800 residents in low-lying areas to be evacuated, according to the local flood control headquarters.

In Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, which is neighboring Guangdong, almost 2,000 people have been transported to safer areas as strong rains caused water in six reservoirs to overflow.

More rain is forecast for different parts of southern China.

Source: Xinhua


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