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Mudslide leaves 4 dead, 50 missing

FOUR people have been confirmed dead and at least 50 others missing in a mud-rock flow triggered by heavy rain in Kangding County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, authorities said yesterday.

Xiang Luo, Party chief of Kangding County, said four were killed, four were injured and 50 others were missing early yesterday.

About 600 rescuers are searching for the missing.

Xiang, who is coordinating the rescue operation at the scene, said the four dead and four injured were staff of China Road and Bridge (Group) Company and Sinohydro Bureau 7 Co Ltd.

The missing were mainly migrant workers and project staff for a rebuilding project for national highway 211, and their family members.

The family members of the dead and missing were on their way to Kangding.

Ninety-seven residents stranded by a barrier lake formed by the mud-rock flow have been transferred to safe places. Residents downstream were also evacuated.

A rainstorm hit Kangding around 1am yesterday, triggering a mud-rock flow at 3am near the highway. A barrier lake, 3,000 meters long and 50 meters wide, formed.

The National Disaster Reduction Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have dispatched working teams to Kangding.

The river was no longer blocked and the barrier lake posed little threat as of yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

Meanwhile, mudslides triggered by downpours that hit five other parts of Sichuan since Wednesday have also killed at least two people.


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