6 killed, 25 missing after mudslides in SW China

6 killed, 25 missing after mudslides in SW China
# 09 July 2014 19:50 (UTC +04:00)

China's official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday that the fatal incident occurred after heavy rains triggered a mudslide that killed six people in Minzhu village in the country's southwestern Yunnan Province.

Approximately 200 rescue workers have been dispatched to the village, where roads were blocked by mud and communication was cut off, the state-owned news agency reported.

In Yunnan's Shawa village, a mudslide destroyed a silicon mining site, where officials fear some missing people may have been swept into the Li Hongwen River.

Over 140 rescue personnel were searching for the missing people, the Communist Party chief in charge of the rescue work said.

Mudslides and flooding are common in China’s mountainous areas, killing hundreds of people every year.

Last September, over two dozen people died in the world’s ‘most powerful’ storm known as Usagi in China’s southern coast.

A month earlier, over 80 people were killed and more than one hundred went missing after China’s northeast region was hit by the worst flooding in decades.

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