Death toll rises to 30 after landslides in Guangxi, south of China

June 3rd, 2010 - 2:43 am ICT by BNO News  

NANNING, CHINA (BNO NEWS) – After a series of rainstorms and flooding which caused landslides in the south China autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang, the death toll has risen to 30 following the recovering of 10 more bodies, Xinhua News reported on Wednesday.

Guanxi was struck on Monday with heavy rainstorms which caused on early Wednesday rain-triggered landslides. The catastrophe left 12 dead in Cenxi, 15 deceased in Rongxian and 3 more in Tengxian County, Donglan County and Fangchenggang City. Rescuers are still searching for 18 people buried by the landslides.

By Wednesday, the heavy storms have caused the evacuation of 79,600 inhabitants and direct economic losses of more than $102.5 million. In addition, floods have destroyed 4,226 houses and 117,280 hectares of crops.

The China National Committee for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs launched on Wednesday an emergency response plan to help victims in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The plan was labeled as a level IV emergency response plan, which means that the committee and the ministry will send a working team within the next 24 hours to the zone and allocate relief materials in no more than 48 hours.

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