Wednesday, July 10, 2013

 

Mudslide in western China buries dozens of people,the worst in 50 years for some areas.

Up to 40 people are missing in Western China after severe flooding triggered a landslide.





Mudslide in western China buries dozens of people: Guanghan city residents are evacuated.
Up to 40 buried in China landslide 


BEIJING — Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, has triggered a landslide that buried up to 40 people and destroyed a high-profile memorial to a devastating 2008 earthquake.

There was no immediate word of survivors among the buried in the city of Dujiangyan, but rescue workers with search dogs had rushed to the area, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Mudslides and flooding are common in China's mountainous areas, killing hundreds of people every year. Deforestation has led to soil erosion and made some parts of China prone to mudslides after heavy rains.

In nearby Beichuan county, flooding destroyed buildings and destroyed exhibits at a memorial for the earthquake five years ago in Sichuan province that left 90,000 people dead or missing. The quake rendered the main Beichuan county town unliveable and it was abandoned with 10 square miles of ruins turned into a memorial and museum.

The flooding also caused the collapse of an almost 50-year-old bridge in a neighboring county, sending six vehicles into the raging waters and leaving 12 people missing.

Since Sunday, flooding in Sichuan has affected 360,000 people, damaging or destroying 300 homes, and forcing at least 6,100 emergency evacuations, state media reported.AP

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