17 dead, 44 missing in China landslides (Lead)

July 13th, 2010 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 13 (IANS) Seventeen people were killed and 44 went missing Tuesday after rains triggered landslides in southwest China’s Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, authorities said.
In Yunnan, four people were killed and 42 went missing early Tuesday after landslides and floods hit Xiaohe township in Zhaotong city; 53 people were injured.

The provincial government has sent a relief team to Zhaotong. The relief supplies include 200 tents, 1,000 quilts and 1,000 sets of clothing.

In neighbouring Sichuan province, a rain-triggered landslide left seven people dead and one missing in Yandai village, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze.

In Xuyong county, rescuers said they had recovered the bodies of six and were searching for one more after a landslide hit Sima village at 4 a.m.

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