China: New landslides kill 24

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 13, 2010 11:48




ZHOUQU, China – New landslides on Friday killed 24 people and left 24 missing in China's remote northwest as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue work nearly impossible in a region where more than 1,100 people have been killed.

More rain was forecast for flood-ravaged Gansu province in the coming days — up to 3.5 inches (9 centimeters) was expected Friday — and the National Weather Center said the threat of more landslides along the Bailong River was "relatively large."

Tents set up as emergency shelters were flooded, and traumatized victims said the ongoing storms were a frightening reminder of the deluge that brought on last Sunday's disaster in which three villages in Gansu's Zhouqu district were swallowed in waves of mud and rubble-strewn water. Hundreds of homes were completely buried, and the death toll in the northwest flooding was 1,144 as of Friday.


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