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08-12-2010 09:05 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Six people, including a two-year-old child, have been rescued after being trapped in buildings submerged by a barrier lake in northwest China's Gansu Province.

The victims were found dehydrated on Wednesday morning, after being stranded in floodwater for three days. Continuous downpours triggered a landslide that formed a barrier lake on Sunday, inundating half of Zhouqu County.

A number of miracles have taken place since that time. Though the crucial 72-hour time period has passed, rescue teams are still carrying out great efforts to search for survivors. Their endeavors also led to a 50-year-old man being freed on Wednesday morning, after spending 81 hours trapped in knee-deep sludge.

Rescuers work in the rain in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 11, 2010. The death toll in the massive mudslide in Zhouqu has risen to 1,117, with 627 still missing, local authorities said Wednesday. (Xinhua/Nie Jianjiang)
Rescuers work in the rain in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture 
in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 11, 2010. The death toll in the massive 
mudslide in Zhouqu has risen to 1,117, with 627 still missing, local authorities 
said Wednesday. (Xinhua/Nie Jianjiang)


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