Nine dead, 62 missing in China landslides


BEIJING: Heavy rain in southwest China has left at least nine dead and 62 missing, officials reported on Thursday, after landslides crushed homes, bridges collapsed, and dozens of villages were cut off.

The storms, which began Monday, have affected some 1.45 million people in Sichuan, the provincial government said, giving the figures on its Sina Weibo microblog account.

Swathes of China have been hit by heavy rainfall in recent days, and mountainous areas in the southwest such as Sichuan are prone to landslides.

At least two people were confirmed dead and 21 were missing after a landslide on Wednesday engulfed homes in Zhongxing township.

Footage showed a wide rush of muddy water, though a reporter said the levels had fallen.

Another 12 people and six vehicles were still missing after a bridge in Jiangyou city collapsed into the rushing waters on Tuesday—one of three such incidents in the province.

Some 2,000 people trapped in a tunnel by another landslide were rescued on Wednesday, with television footage showing crowds walking down the middle of a road.



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