Heavy rains and landslides in China leave 19 dead; 12 people still missing

Beijing: At least 19 people were killed and 12 remained missing in heavy rains and landslides in China, officials said on Saturday.

At least eleven people were killed and a dozen remain missing after a massive landslide swept through a village in southwest China's Guizhou on Friday.

A total of 30 people were buried by debris when intense rain triggered a mud-slide around 5.30 am on Saturday in Pianpo Village, Dafang County, in the city of Bijie.

Seven people were pulled alive from the debris, while 11 were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the county government.

More than 800 soldiers and rescuers are working with excavators to find the 12 people who remain missing.

The landslide involved more than 95,00 cubic meters of mud flow.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

In another incident, eight people were killed today after a wall collapsed due to heavy rain in Wuhan City, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

The accident occurred when a 15-meter section of the wall of a company in Jiangxia District toppled, local officials said.

Eight people who walked near the wall, more than two meters high, were buried by the debris and found dead after being pull out by rescuers, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Rain and storms have wreaked havoc across south China since 27 June, leaving at least 34 people dead or missing nationwide, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The Yangtze river reported its first flood peak this year on Friday. Heavy rain swelled the Jushui river, a 170 km-long tributary of the Yangtze.

Floods from swollen rivers forced more than 12,000 people to relocate overnight, the Hubei provincial disaster relief headquarters said.

Nationwide, 133 counties in 11 provincial-level regions — including the provinces of Hubei, Jiangsu and Zhejiang — have reported floods, landslides or mud flows.

Some 1,20,000 people have been displaced and 40,000 are in need of aid. More than 3,600 homes collapsed and 19,900 hectares of crops destroyed.

Direct economic losses hit 3.14 billion yuan (about USD 471.6 million), the ministry said.

The weather authority on Friday again forecast heavy rain and warned of severe floods in parts of Anhui, Hunan, Guizhou and Tibet.

The National Meteorological Centre and the Ministry of Water Resources asked local authorities to monitor weather and take all necessary precautions.

Updated Date: Jul 02, 2016 11:20 AM

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