At least 20 people killed in southern China landslide

The death toll rose to 20 and three people were listed as missing Saturday after a landslide in the south-western Chinese province of Guizhou.

Seven people had been rescued from the mudslide that was triggered by heavy rain Friday in the city of Bijie, local officials said.

More than 800 soldiers and rescuers are working with excavators to find the 12 people who remain missing. The landslide involved more than 95,000 cubic meters of mud flow.

At least 34 people had died or were listed as missing from accidents related to heavy storms during the week, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The Yangtze River reported its first flood peak of the year on Friday.

Floods from swollen rivers forced thousands of people to relocate overnight, the Hubei provincial disaster relief headquarters said.

Nationwide, 133 counties in 11 regions had reported floods, landslides or mud flows, state-run media said.

Last update: Sat, 02/07/2016 - 11:12

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