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Death toll from Zhouqu mudslides rises to 337

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

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According to Monday's figures, the death toll from rain-triggered mudslides in Zhouqu County of northwest China's Gansu Province has risen to 337. 1,148 others are still missing. The Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is overseeing the latest rescue effort.

Torrential rain on Saturday night prompted an avalanche of sludge and debris to crash down on the county seat of Zhouqu early Sunday morning, ripping houses off their foundations and tearing six-story apartment buildings in half.

Chen Jianhua, Party chief of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, which administers Zhouqu said a total of 218 people have received clinical treatment and 41 people who were severely injured had been airlifted to the provincial capital Lanzhou.

He also told reporters the main causes for Sunday's disaster.

Chen Jianhua, Party chief of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, said, "The massive earthquake of 2008 that shook the mountains, the sustained drought and soil erosion in the region since last winter, and the torrential rain, are the main causes of the disaster."

Chen Jianhua says mudslides destroyed more than three-hundred homes and damaged another seven-hundred. An additional three- thousand homes have been flooded.

He says about 45,000 residents have been evacuated, while more than 1,200 have been saved.

The mud-rock flow also severely damaged power, telecommunication and water supply facilities. Power systems in some areas, including in hospitals have been repaired.

There are five water supply areas using wells in Zhouqu county. Mobil communications have been repaired, but traditional telecommunications are still under repair.

People in the region are in urgent need of daily necessities, including drinking water and food. The school semester will start soon, so primary and middle school students are in urgent need of textbooks-since theirs were damaged in the disaster.

Chen says families of the deceased will be given a special pension -- 8,000 yuan, or close to 12-hundred US dollars for each death.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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