Landslides strike Zhouqu County, China

At midnight on Sunday, August 8th, a temporary lake caused by a recent landslide broke loose above the town of Zhouqu, in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China. The outflow slid down the valley as a wall of mud, wiping out houses and muli-story buildings, and killing at least 1,144 residents – with over 600 still reported as missing. More than 10,000 soldiers and rescuers arrived soon to comb through the mountains of mud that buried several parts of Zhouqu County. Engineers also worked to blast the debris that had passed through the town to partially block the Bailong River, causing further flooding. Collected here are images of the landslide-affected area of northwestern China, part of a series of disasters in Asia caused by recent heavy rains. (41 photos total)

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New Mudslides Raise Death Toll in China


Published: August 13, 2010

Rain-triggered mudslides across China have pushed up the death toll from China’s worst flooding in a decade and left thousands trapped, state media reported on Friday. In southwestern Sichuan Province, a mudslide killed at least five people and trapped more than 500 others, the Xinhua state news agency reported. Farther north in Gansu Province, the number of dead and missing was raised after new floodwaters surged through the region, Xinhua reported. In the city of Longnan 10 people died, 12 were reported missing and 10,000 trapped by floodwaters, the local government said in a statement, Xinhua reported. In Tianshui, four people died and eight were missing, Xinhua said.

Local authorities earlier had raised the death toll in Gansu Province from a huge mudslide to 1,144 people, Xinhua said.

In Shaanxi Province, flooding has affected an estimated 100,000 people and forced the evacuation of 4,600 people, Xinhua said. Heavy rainfall on Thursday in the three provinces caused the new mudslides, authorities told Xinhua. Flooding across China has affected 28 provinces and caused more than $30 billion in damage.

YouTube – Deadly China landslide claims hundreds of lives

The death toll from landslides in China, which has been experiencing extreme weather in recent weeks, has doubled overnight.

Chinese officials say at least 702 people were killed after a mass of mud and rock rushed through a town in remote Gansu province at the weekend.

More than 1,000 people are still missing, as thousands of soldiers and volunteers continue to dig round-the-clock to try to find survivors.

One 52-year old man was pulled out alive on Tuesday, but rescue efforts are now being threatened with forecasts of more rain in the coming days.

Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan reports from Zhouqu in Gansu province. (Aug 11, 2010)

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