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Rescue headquarters say the death toll from the massive mudslides in Zhouqu county, in northwest China's Gansu Province, has risen to 1,435 as of Sunday, with 330 still missing.
A government notice now prohibits locals from continuing to search for the missing people, to prevent disease outbreaks. Two weeks after the disaster, some survivors have not yet given up looking for the bodies of their beloved ones.
Some even hire helpers and machinery. But a government spokesman says the bodies have begun to decay and searching through the debris could trigger an epidemic outbreak.
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