Chinese landslides' death toll rises to 337

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 9, 2010 18:32

 
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ZHOUQU, China — Rescuers dug through mud and wreckage Monday searching for more than 1,100 people missing after flash floods and landslides struck northwestern China and killed 337, one of a series of floods across Asia that have killed hundreds and spread misery to millions more.

In Pakistan, frustrated victims railed against the government's anemic relief effort for the estimated 13 million affected by the country's worst-ever floods, while rescuers in mountainous Indian-controlled Kashmir raced to rescue dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and find 500 people still missing in flash floods that have killed 140.

Sunday's disaster in China's Gansu province killed at least 337 people and swamped entire villages. Another 1,148 were missing, Chen Jianhua, the Communist Party chief of the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Vehicles carrying aid supplies choked the road over bare, eroded mountains into the remote county seat of Zhouqu. Bodies wrapped in blankets were collected and laid on truck beds.

"There were some, but very few, survivors. Most of them are dead, crushed into the earth," said survivor Guo Wentao.

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