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Updated: August 18, 2010 11:03 IST

Latest China landslide leaves at least 67 missing

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Villagers climb down rocks to access a road blocked by landslides in Wenchuan county. Photo: AP
AP Villagers climb down rocks to access a road blocked by landslides in Wenchuan county. Photo: AP

A landslide swept through a mountain town in south-eastern China after days of heavy rains Wednesday, leaving at least 67 people missing and cutting off access to the area.

Roads, power and telecommunications were cut off when the mud tore through Puladi township in Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Rescue workers have been sent to the township, which is in the mountains bordering Myanmar.

Mudslides and floods have killed at least 1,500 people around the country in the last several months.

The worst recent landslides have been in Zhouqu in Gansu province, where at least 1,254 people were killed as a mudslide crashed through the city on Aug. 8. The government says another 490 people are still missing from that disaster.

Flooding during this year’s rainy season has been unusually severe. The storms have caused tens of billions of dollars in damage.

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