Heavy rains sparked landslides in an earthquake-shattered region of north-western China, killing at least nine people and burying another eight.

The landslides struck just south of the city of Dingxi, where Monday’s earthquake left 95 dead, five missing and more than 800 people in hospital.

The worst landslide buried 13 people in Nanyu village and nine bodies have been recovered, Xinhua reported on Friday. Rescue efforts are under way in the neighbouring village of Yongguang, where four people were buried and are listed as missing, the report said.

About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, with 31,600 moved to temporary shelters, the provincial earthquake administration said on its website. Almost 2,000 homes were destroyed and about 22,500 damaged, it said.

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