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25 people hurt in China landslides

A total of 25 people have been injured, with a further 67 reported missing, after fresh landslides hit another area of China following days of heavy rain.

Roads, power and telephone lines were all damaged when the mud tore through Puladi in Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Rescue workers have been sent to the town, which is in the mountains bordering Burma.

Xinhua said nine of the 25 people hurt in the landslide were seriously injured.

The agency said the mudslides buried at least 10 trucks and 21 houses.

The provincial civil affairs office have sent tents and clothing to the area but it is not known when the aid and rescue workers will get there. Mudslides and floods have killed at least 1,500 people around the country in the last several months.

China regularly suffers devastating summer floods but this year has been the worst in a decade, with cities washed away in the north-east and north-west of the country. The storms have caused tens of billions of pounds in damage.

The worst recent landslides have been in Zhouqu in Gansu province, where at least 1,287 people were killed as a mudslide crashed through the city on August 8. The government said another 457 people are still missing from that disaster.

On Wednesday, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu urged authorities to focus on resettlement of survivors in Zhouqu. He said more shelter and medical services were needed, according to Xinhua.

Mr Hui said schools should resume classes when the autumn term starts in a few weeks.


From Belfast Telegraph