More heavy rains in northwest China kill 36

BEIJING - Heavy rains in northwest China have killed a further 36 people, state media said on Tuesday, adding to the more than 1,000 who died in landslides two weeks ago.

By (Reuters)

Published: Tue 17 Aug 2010, 11:56 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:37 AM

Twenty-three people were missing.

The storms in Longnan, in poor and remote Gansu province, injured 295 and prompted the evacuation of more than 120,000 residents because of landslides and rising rivers, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The neighbouring district of Zhouqu was inundated this month by an avalanche of mud following unusually strong downpours. The death toll has now risen to 1,254, with hundreds still unaccounted for.

More rain is expected in Zhouqu over the next few days, Xinhua said.

A further 1,000 people have died in floods in central, southern and northeast China so far this year.

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