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Authorities have warned that more disasters could strike Zhouqu in northwest China, following last week's mudslides. The county is expecting more torrential rain.
Heavy rain started falling at about ten o'clock Monday night. Forecasters say it could last for five days, and in some areas may reach up to 80 millimeters. The rescue headquarters in Zhouqu is implementing an emergency plan. Rescue teams and residents are being asked to leave mudslide-prone areas in the event of heavy rainfall. Disaster relief authorities are calling for more efforts to clear the Bailong River, which overflowed after being blocked by the mudslide.
As of Monday, 1,254 people had been killed in Zhouqu County. Nearly five-hundred others remain missing. The focus of relief work is shifting from rescue to resettling survivors, clearing sludge, and restoring life to normal.
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