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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
China says 107 people trapped in a landslide
BEIJING (Xinhua) — A landslide caused by heavy rains has trapped at least 107 people Monday in southwestern China, and there is little hope for their survival, a local official said.
Rescue work was under way and the number of casualties was not immediately known, said an official in Guizhou province who would give only his surname Xue.
Large areas of southern China have been hit by flooding in the last week, with at least 239 people killed and another 109 missing. More than 3 million people have fled their homes over the past two weeks, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
On Sunday, floodwaters began receding in the hard-hit south and workers finished repairing a dike breach that forced the evacuation of 100,000 people.
But torrential rains have continued in the southwest, where the landslide occurred Monday afternoon in the village of Dazhai, said Xue, the provincial official who works in the flood prevention headquarters.
In Malong county of Yunnan province, floodwaters had receded enough that some people returned to inspect their homes over the weekend, China Central Television said.