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Latest on Gansu landslides: 337 dead and 1,148 missing

08-10-2010 14:15 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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The death toll from rain-triggered landslides in Northwest China's Gansu Province has risen to 337. Torrential rain began lashing Zhouqu county Saturday night.

The Bailong River burst its banks, triggering floods and mudslides just after midnight. Over a thousand people are still missing. More than 10 thousand troops, police and fire fighters are racing against the clock to find survivors trapped in debris.

About 45-thousand people have been evacuated. Mudslides have destroyed more than 300 homes and damaged another 700. 3-thousand homes have been flooded.

A total of 218 people have received medical treatment and 41 severely injured people have been airlifted to the provincial capital Lanzhou. The Ministry of Finance had allocated 500 million yuan in emergency aid to fund rescue efforts.

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