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1,100 missing, hundreds killed in Chinese floods

Rescuers and residents walk on a road covered with rocks and mud near a collapsed building after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains in northwest China’s Gansu province on Monday.

Associated Press

Rescuers and residents walk on a road covered with rocks and mud near a collapsed building after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains in northwest China’s Gansu province on Monday.

ZHOUQU, China — Rescuers lifted muddy bodies into trucks, and aid convoys choked the road into the remote Chinese town where hundreds died and more than 1,100 were missing Monday from landslides caused by heavy rain.

The death toll jumped to 337 late Monday after Sunday's landslides in the northwestern province of Gansu. A debris-blocked swollen river burst, swamping entire mountain villages in the county seat of Zhouqu and ripping homes from their foundations.

The government said 1,148 were missing Monday night. About 45,000 were evacuated. It was not known how many of the missing were in danger or simply out of contact as workers rushed to restore communications in the area, where one-third of residents are ethnic Tibetan.

500 missing, 140 killed in Kashmir flooding

Rescuers in mountainous Indian-controlled Kashmir raced to rescue dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and find 500 people still missing in flash floods that have killed 140.

Farther east, thousands of army, police and paramilitary soldiers continued clearing roads to reach isolated villages in the Ladakh region cut off by Friday's powerful thunderstorms.

By late afternoon on Monday, the roads leading to the most heavily affected village, Choglamsar, had been cleared and rescue teams looked for survivors among the flattened buildings, army Lt. Col. J.S. Brar said.

On Monday, Indian air force helicopters evacuated 80 stranded foreign tourists from Zanaskar, a popular trekking area.

1,100 missing, hundreds killed in Chinese floods 08/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 11:24pm]
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