Saturday 21 April 2018

'All-out' effort to rescue survivors of landslide

Edith Bridges

CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao has called for "all-out" efforts to rescue survivors of a landslide in the western province of Gansu yesterday as the death toll reached 337.

There are mounting concerns for another 1,148 people who are still missing.

Heavy rains in the mountainous region caused the landslide in Zhouqu county, located in an ethnic Tibetan area of the province, late on Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Mud and rocks had entirely submerged a village of 300 households in the Sanyan valley and also blocked the flow of the Bailong river, causing flooding along its banks.

Mr Wen arrived in the region on Sunday and ordered search-and-rescue efforts to continue as long as the possibility of finding survivors exists.


More heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dianmu are forecast.

In Gansu, People's Liberation Army soldiers used explosives to blast away rocks and mud that were blocking the flow of a river yesterday morning, Xinhua reported.

Flooding has killed more than 1,450 people nationwide this year as of Friday, the deadliest in more than a decade, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

In addition to Gansu province, heavy rains were also forecast for the provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, according to the weather administration.

Flooding in Jilin province has killed 85 people and left 66 missing in the past two months.

More than 660 people have been left missing by the floods in China this year. The floods have also knocked down 1.36 million homes and damaged 13.5 million hectares of farmland.

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