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Death toll from SW China mudslides rises to 12; 80 still missing

08-20-2010 20:27 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

GONGSHAN, Yunnan, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the mudslides in a remote mountain town in southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 12, with 80 others still missing Friday, said local authorities.

Rescuers clear off sludge in mudslide-hit Puladi Township of Gongshan Drung-Nu Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)
Rescuers clear off sludge in mudslide-hit Puladi Township of Gongshan Drung-Nu
Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 20, 2010.
(Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

On Friday, rescuers had recovered six more bodies, bringing the number of deaths to 12, said Hou Xinrong, deputy head of the Drung-Nu Autonomous County of Gongshan.

The muslides struck Puladi Township in Gongshan at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.



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