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At least 20 missing in rain-triggered landslides in NW China

07-19-2010 11:19 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

XI'AN, July 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 people are missing after landslides struck a mountainous county of northwest China's Shaanxi Province Sunday night, local authorities said Monday.

Landslides and mud-rock flows struck several villages in Langao County at 10:30 p.m. Sunday after days of continuous rain, the county's flood control office said in a press release.

In Muzhu village of Siji Township alone, nine homes were flattened and 20 people were missing, it said.

Rescuers were still searching for the victims Monday.

Langao, with a population of 170,000, is at least 400 km from the provincial capital Xi'an and borders Chongqing Municipality.

Continuous rain has battered many Chinese provinces and regions over the past week. The country is also preparing for the worst Yangtze flood in a decade as the water levels in the upper and middle sections of China's longest waterway keep rising.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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