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2 dead, 90 still missing in Yunnan mudslide

08-19-2010 17:07 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Two people are dead, 30 others are injured and 90 are still missing. They are the grim statistics after a mudslide engulfed a remote village in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Wednesday morning.

Roads, power supplies and telecommunications were cut when the mudslide struck Puladi Township, in the Drung-Nu Autonomous County of Gongshan.

The first rescue team rushed to the disaster zone and arrived minutes later.

PLA soldiers and armed police managed to build a temporary access track to immediately bring in relief supplies.

The local government launched a third grade emergency response plan, allocating 500 thousand yuan for rescue efforts.

Eight teams were set-up and dispatched.

By 4 o'clock that afternoon, telecommunications were reconnected.

Roads are expected to be cleared and reopened and power supplies restored shortly.

Search and rescue work along the Nujiang River is underway, while epidemic prevention is being carried out.

Inspectors have been sent to monitor water levels, in case barrier lakes form from debris.

Authorities say there are more than one-thousand rescuers on the ground searching for the missing.

Injured survivors have been transferred to hospitals in the nearby Fugong County.

The provincial government is providing hundreds of tents, quilts and clothes.

It's estimated the disaster has caused a direct economic loss of 140 million yuan.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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