China landslides kill two, 30 missing in Sichuan

September 24, 2008 15:50


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Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed two people and left 30 others missing in one of the areas hardest hit by the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province, state media said Wednesday. Local authorities from Beichuan county said that torrential rain since Monday also triggered flash floods and cave-ins, injuring more than 300 people, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Another 6,000 people were stranded and in dire need of help, rescue officials said. Beichuan was one of the areas almost completely flattened during the massive earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people and left another 18,000 missing. Heavy downpours have been battering the area since Monday, causing 1,100 homes to collapse, the report said.

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