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At least 65 people have been killed and hundreds are missing after landslides hit northwest China's Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province.
The landslides were triggered by torrential rains that started Saturday night. The landslide occurred on Sunday morning in Zhouqu County, creating a barrier lake on the Bailong River which runs through the county. At least 50,000 people have been affected. Floods have submerged half of the county, and the landslides have buried many houses.
Power supplies have been cut off, and all telecommunications are down within the county. Local authorities have launched an emergency response plan, relocating residents to higher ground.
The provincial flood relief headquarters says two helicopters carrying demolition experts have left for the county, to clear the barrier lake. Medical teams and 2,800 troops have also been sent by the Lanzhou Military Area Command. Rescuers are continuing to search for the missing.