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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Landslide kills 24 in China


A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed at least 24 people in China’s mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, state media reported .

Extreme weather this summer has triggered a series of landslides and floods across the country, leaving scores dead and tens of thousands displaced .

The latest disaster hit a village in Puge county at around 6 am , the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that four others were injured and one person remained missing
.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, authorities estimated that 71 houses and five kilometers of roads had been destroyed , the Sichuan government information office said in a social media post.

Photos showed rescue workers digging with hoes through sticky brown mud , their bodies caked and splattered, and women in colorful headwraps typical of the Yi ethnic minority watching the rescue from a destroyed hillside .

One image showed hard - hatted men i
n bright orange jumpsuits holding an IV drip aloft as they carried a man through a muddy cornfield on a stretcher .

Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly after heavy rain.

A massive landslide in June killed at least 10 people and buried dozens of homes in a village in Sichuan after rains brought down a mountainside .
In July 63 people were killed by landslides and floods in the central province of Hunan. Some 1 . 6 million people were forced from their homes.

AFP

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