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Rains spawn deadly floods, mudslide

By An Baijie and Wu Yong in Benxi (China Daily)

08:26, August 07, 2012

Rescuers save a child trapped by floods in Benxi, Liaoning province, on Monday. (China Daily/Wang Shijie)

At least nine people in Liaoning province, five in Hubei province and one in Yunnan province were confirmed dead in floods and mudslides triggered by rainstorms on Monday.

Six in Xiuyan county and three in Haicheng city were found dead, and four others remain missing after Typhoon Damrey swept through Northeast China's Liaoning during the weekend, flood control authorities said.

Floods trapped 201 construction workers in a tunnel of a high-speed railway in the province's Benxi about 9:40 am on Monday, said Ban Yue, a publicity official for the city's government.

The flood destroyed a bridge and blocked the workers' escape route, he said.

Benxi rescue crews managed to transfer all of the workers to safety within four hours, said Zhang Jingqi, a firefighter.

When China Daily reporters arrived at the scene, two dark-colored rivers were flowing quickly through the tunnel, and a temporary bridge was severely damaged.

Most of the construction workers returned to their tents after being rescued, while several others carried on with the construction work in safe areas.

"I never expected that they could be rescued within such a short time," said a Benxi resident named Zhang. "I thought it would take at least a day to transfer so many people."

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