23 die as more mudslides hit China

August 22nd, 2010 - 3:53 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 23 people have died and 69 are missing after mudslideS hit a remote mountain village in southwest China, Xinhua reported Saturday.
Rescuers have retrieved 11 bodies Saturday, four days after the disaster in Yunnan province.

“The chances of survival for the missing people are slim,” said Hou Xinrong, director of public security bureau in Gongshan county.

Heavy rains hampered the rescue work.

Families of the dead and missing received 10,000 yuan (about $1,400) for each victim from the government.

The tragedy strucks two weeks after a similar disaster in Zhouqu county in northwestern Gansu province left at least 1,434 people dead and 331 missing.

In northeastern Liaoning province, over 64,000 people were evacuated from their homes Saturday after the Yalu river threatened to breach its embankments.

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