Mudslide-blocked highway in SW China reopens

10:24, July 17, 2011      

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A heavy truck runs on a muddy road after landslide in Nujiang Lisu Ethnic Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 16, 2011. Landslide triggered by heavy rainfall interrupted the road here on Saturday, leaving some 800 people and 300 vehicles detained as of the press time. (Xinhua/Zhu Hongfei)

Traffic has resumed on a highway in Yunnan Province that was blocked by a rain-triggered mudslide Saturday morning, stranding more than 800 people and 300-odd motor vehicles, according to local traffic police.

The mudslide happened at around 10:00 a.m. in Fugong County of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture.

More than 600 cubic meters of mud and rocks from the snow-clad Biluo Mountain was dumped on the Wagong Highway, the only highway leading to Gongshan Dulong and Nu Autonomous County of the Prefecture, and covered a more-than-100-meter-long section of the road.

By 5 p.m., traffic on the road had returned to normal.

No casualties have been reported in the mudslide.

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Source: Xinhua
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