Landslide hits town near China's Three Gorges Dam, 200 evacuated

Chinese authorities evacuated about 200 people living near the Three Gorges Dam in central China because of a landslide, state media reported Monday The landslide hit Sunday in Hubei province, inundating 37 homes and a primary school with rocks and mud, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Residents were evacuated to a temporary shelter before the landslide hit and no casualties were reported. Nearly 830,000 people in Hubei have been affected by heavy rain that has poured down on the area since Friday, Xinhua said. In addition to the landslide, the rain has caused flash floods, and two people have been killed, Xinhua said. The rain was likely continue for the next few days, Xinhua said. By Sunday night, the ground-floor classrooms at the Gaoyang Town Center Primary School were covered with a meter of mud from the landslide, Xinhua said.