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The death toll of the massive rain-triggered mudslide in Zhou-qu County in northwest China's Gansu Province has risen to 702, with over one thousand others still missing. Some 1,243 people have been rescued.
Senior Chinese leaders on Tuesday called for greater efforts to save lives and property in the area. Acknowledging the progress rescuers had made, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committ has urged rescuers to double their efforts in searching for survivors, draining mudslide-formed barrier lakes, and clearing sludge.
It also asked local authorities to repair telecommunications, water and electricity supply facilities as well as roads and other infrastructure facilities as soon as possible, and to draw up reconstruction plans.