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Five days after a devastating mudslide hit Zhouqu County in Northwest China's Gansu Province, the death toll has risen to more than 11-hundred. More than 600 others remain missing and more than 12-hundred have been rescued.
But hopes of finding any survivors faded as thunderstorms lashed Zhouqu County Wednesday night. More than 600 people are receiving medical treatment, with 64 in serious condition.
No epidemic outbreaks have been reported so far and epidemic prevention has become the top priority at the disaster site. About 45-thousand residents have been evacuated as mud-rock flows destroyed more than 300 homes and damaged another 700.
Meanwhile, 3-thousand homes are under water. Heavy rains are forecasted to continue through Friday, prompting concerns that the barrier lake along the Bailong River could burst and flood the already-devastated areas. Sitting in a steep valley, Zhouqu county is hemmed in by mountains on both sides, making the area prone geological disasters.
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