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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. Full Story>>
Earlier, we talked with a local official on the latest situation regarding the Gansu landslide. Mao Shengwu, Head of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, called the disaster serious and said that all of Gansu province has been mobilized to help victims in Zhouqu county.
Mao Shengwu, head of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, said, "I have entered the site where the accident happened, and also the hardest-hit area. Heavy rainstorms started pounding Zhouqu county at 10pm on Saturday, and two landslides rushed into the county after around two hours. Two thirds of the county have been hit by the mudslide. The major Bailong River has been blocked, forming a barrier lake. Authorities in the county and prefecture have launched a response plan, to mobilize the whole region. The rains have eased, but the barrier lake is still in danger of bursting. Zhouqu county with a population of 40 thousand, has several gorges. Including the surrounding areas, it's estimated that about 50 thousand people have been affected. The emergency plan will focus on rescuing people now. The whole county has no power, and armed police are relocating the stranded. 400 soldiers are in place and nearly two thousand soldiers from neighboring counties and cities are on the way. The number of casualties are not clear, but as of 4pm Sunday morning, 65 people are confirmed dead. The number of missing is not known. Communications have been interrupted and phone landlines are completely down. We have asked for communication vehicles from neighboring areas."