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One dead, 19 injured in massive landslide in Sichuan

A massive landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province has killed at least one person and injured 19 others, local officials said this morning.

The landslide, which occurred at around 11:30 pm yesterday in Shunhe Township of Hanyuan County, also blocked a major local river, leaving six local residents stranded, said officials from the county government.

The local government is still verifying the casualties. Minor landslides still took place from time to time at the site Friday morning.

The landslide has formed a 250m-long barrier blocking the local Dadu River. By 3:30 am today, the water had overrun the obstruction, posing a danger to the lower reaches of the river. The runoff at the power station's dam is 240 cubic meters per second, compared with a flow of 2,760 cubic meters per second yesterday.

The provincial government has ordered an evacuation of the people living at the lower reaches of the river to avoid further casualties. A provincial-level working team is also rushing to the scene to direct rescue work.


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