CHINA LAND­SLIDE KILLS 24

71 houses de­stroyed

New Straits Times - - World -

ALANDSLIDE trig­gered by heavy rain killed at least 24 peo­ple in China’s moun­tain­ous south­west­ern province of Sichuan yes­ter­day, state me­dia re­ported.

Ex­treme weather has trig­gered a se­ries of land­slides and floods across the coun­try, leav­ing scores dead and tens of thou­sands dis­placed.

The lat­est dis­as­ter hit a vil­lage in Puge county at 6am, the Xin­hua news agency said, adding that four oth­ers were in­jured and one per­son re­mained miss­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mated that 71 houses and five kilo­me­tres of roads had been de­stroyed, the Sichuan gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion of­fice said in a so­cial me­dia post.

Pho­tos showed res­cue work­ers dig­ging with hoes through sticky brown mud, their bod­ies caked and splat­tered, and women in colour­ful head­wraps typ­i­cal of the Yi eth­nic mi­nor­ity watch­ing the res­cue from a de­stroyed hill­side.

One im­age showed hard-hat­ted men in bright or­ange jump­suits hold­ing an IV drip aloft as they car­ried a man through a muddy corn­field on a stretcher.

A mas­sive land­slide in June killed at least 10 peo­ple and buried dozens of homes in a vil­lage in Sichuan af­ter rains brought down a moun­tain­side.

Last month, 63 peo­ple were killed by land­slides and floods in the cen­tral province of Hu­nan.

Some 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple were forced from their homes. AFP

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Res­cue work­ers car­ry­ing an in­jured vil­lager in Gengdi vil­lage, Puge county, China, yes­ter­day.

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