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Hundreds trapped in Chinese floods

More than 500 people have been trapped by floods and mudslides in China.

Rescue workers are searching for more than 100 people caught by a mudslide in south-western China, while in another part of the country 400 workers were trapped by a flood in a railway tunnel.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the rain-triggered mudslide engulfed a village in Yunnan province, initially trapping at least 200 people.

In Liaoning province in north-eastern China, rescuers searched for 400 workers trapped in a railway tunnel by six feet of water caused by heavy rains.

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

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