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Death toll in central China rainstorm rises to 10

FIVE bodies were retrieved from last night to this morning to bring the death toll from a rainstorm-triggered landslide to 10 in Hongjiang district of Huaihua city, central China's Hunan province, according to local government.

One person was still missing and another 30 people were injured after the landslide. All of the 30, including four who are seriously wounded, have been hospitalized, the local government said.

Downpour, reportedly the worst over the past six decades, swept the city from Thursday to Sunday morning, causing a landslide in Hongjiang district. A total of 5,410 residents in the district have been evacuated.

Approximately 18,328 rescuers have joined the disaster relief efforts in the city.

Local meteorologists forecast heavy rain would hit the city again in the next two to three days.

The local government said blackouts continued and telecommunication links were cut in part of Hongjiang district.


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