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China landslide leaves 10 dead: state media

At least 10 people died after torrential rain set off a landslide in central China, state media reported on Sunday, describing the downpour as the heaviest to hit the area in more than 60 years.

world Updated: Jul 27, 2009 21:52 IST

At least 10 people died after torrential rain set off a landslide in central China, state media reported on Sunday, describing the downpour as the heaviest to hit the area in more than 60 years.

The storm hit Huaihua city in Hunan province on Thursday and continued until Sunday morning, the official Xinhua agency reported.

The landslide in the city's Hongjiang district killed at least 10 people, injured 30 and one person was missing, the agency said, adding that more than 5,000 residents were evacuated from the area.

The district was hit by blackouts on Sunday and telephone services were also not working, the report said. Meteorologists forecast heavy rain would hit the city again in the next two to three days, the report said.

Meanwhile, at least six people were killed and 12 injured on Saturday when heavy rains triggered a rockslide that hit a bridge in Wenchuan, the epicentre of the quake which devastated southwest China last year, state media reported.

Authorities had warned of thunderstorms over the weekend across southwest and central China and were preparing for emergencies such as flooding and landslides, Xinhua said.