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Landslide in southwest China kills eight, 17 missing

BEIJING - A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed eight people and left 17 others missing in China's mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, state media reported.

Extreme weather this summer has caused a series of landslides and floods across the country, leaving dozens dead and displacing large numbers of people.
    The latest disaster hit a village in Puge county at around 6 am, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that five other people were injured.
    The landslide also destroyed two houses, the Sichuan government information office said in a social media post.
    Postings on the social media site of the local police force showed rescue workers standing in puddles and digging in the rubble with shovels, their clothes splashed with mud.
    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 heavy rain 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.

Published : August 08, 2017

By : Agence France-Presse