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The death toll from mudslides that hit a village in southwest China's Yunnan Province has climbed to 24. Another 24 others are still missing. Rescue and relief work continues in the affected areas.
Hundreds of firefighters and the armed police joined rescue operations in mudslide hit areas near a village in Longyang District in Baoshan City.
Heavy machines are unable to reach the village as roads remain blocked by mud and debris.
Rescuers are digging by hand to clear the area.
Local armed police Liu Wei said, "The biggest difficulty is that no heavy machines could get here to help us. Rescuers have to rely on their bare hands and pickaxes."
Meanwhile, local villagers gathered to support rescue workers, by providing drinking water and food.
A local villager said, "We came here yesterday. We brought them instant noodles. Today, I brought them cucumbers and bean curds from my home."
A medical team is now on the ground, to prevent epidemics and other possible diseases.
8 people have been sent to a hospital in Baoshan city. 3 seriously injured victims have been transferred to a larger hospital but none have life-threatening conditions.
Rain triggered mudslides hit on Wednesday, trapping 71 people from 21 families.