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6 killed in rain-triggered landslide in Hunan Province

07-14-2010 08:47 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

CHANGSHA, July 13 (Xinhua) -- At least six people were killed in a rain-triggered landslide in Hunan Province, the local government said Tuesday.

Rescuers found the bodies of the six people at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday after more than 130 cubic meters of rock and mud flows engulfed two households in Huayuan County of Xiangxi Tu and Miao Autonomous Prefecture at about 7:20 a.m. Monday, the county government said.

Among the victims were a boy and three girls aged between one to six.

About 240 residents in the area have been removed to safe places.

A downpour began to pelt the county at about 3 a.m. Monday, bringing up to 260 millimeters of rainfall and triggered the landslide.

The rainstorm also cut off power supply and telecommunication and inundated farmlands, incurring some 200,000 yuan (nearly 30,000 U.S.dollars) in economic losses.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinuha

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