China: 34 killed in floods, 93 missing in landslide

China: 34 killed in floods, 93 missing in landslide

At least 34 people were killed in the floods caused by long, long rains of rain, while 93 others are still missing in a landslide, forcing more than 4.50 lakh to evacuate southwest China.

More than 3,000 rescue teams are looking for 93 people are still buried under rocks and mud from a landslide in southwest China’s Sichuan province, officials said.

The landslide engulfed Saturday morning 62 houses in the village of Xinmo in Maoxian County in the Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Qiang and blocking a stretch of two kilometers and buried 1600 meters of road.

Ten people were killed and 15 people were removed from the missing list because they were not in the village of Xinmo in the disaster, said Xu Zhiwen, deputy head of the Aba prefecture.

Only three people from a family were rescued hours after the landslide. The chances of survival of missing persons are low, according to rescue teams.

Disasters caused by the rains also left at least 22 people dead and six missing in the provinces of Jiangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan and Anhui.

Meanwhile, in Jianxi, heavy rains began to hit Thursday affected 1.8 million people and forced 2.70 lakh people to move to safe areas in 47 counties and districts, officials said provincial Flood Control.

Floods and landslides have left six dead and three missing in Jiangxi. It is expected to rain to weaken on Monday and Tuesday, but still heavier on Wednesday and Thursday.

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In Guizhou, nine people were killed and two remain missing after torrential rains hit the region in recent days.

Heavy rains also damaged 35,418 hectares of crops and caused direct economic losses of 610 million yuan (USD 89 million).

In Hunan, 1.51 lakh people were evacuated and 642 small and medium reservoirs have overflowed after the strongest rains this year.

Three people from a family in Luxi County of Hunan were found dead in a landslide that struck on Saturday.

Water from 14 rivers along the Yangtze River valley has risen above warning levels and heavy rainfall in the coming days could further increase the water level in the middle and lower edges of the Yangtze River, Said the water resources Changjiang Commission yesterday.

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