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Deadly storms, slides plague provinces

BEIJING (China Daily) -- Two mudslides killed at least 31 people, with four still missing, on Tuesday after downpours in two provinces, authorities said.

Rescue teams clean up an area that was buried by a mudslide in Puge, Sichuan province, on Tuesday. -- Photo Xinhua

Rainfall from Monday to Tuesday caused slides in Gengdi village of Puge county, Sichuan province. As of 6 pm Tuesday, rescuers had saved one person from the debris, but 24 were found dead. Four people were injured and one other remained missing, according to the local government.

The mountain floods also damaged 5 kilometers of road and five bridges, and inundated about 12 hectares of farmland.

Direct economic losses from the disaster, which affected 577 people from 157 households, was estimated to be 160 million yuan (US$23.5 million), it said.

The Sichuan weather observatory said more heavy rainfall is expected in some areas of the province, which may lead to more disasters.

In Gansu province, downpours from Sunday evening t o Monday morning triggered mudslides in three townships in Wenxian county. Some houses were swept away, and water and power supplies, telecommunications and traffic in some villages were disrupted, local authorities said in a state ment.

Rescuers have found seven bodies. Two people were still missing, while nearly 1,000 had been transferred to safe areas as of Tuesday morning, it said.

(Latest Update August 10, 2017)

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