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Three killed, 56 missing in torrential rains in China

world Updated: Jul 14, 2010 20:55 IST

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Landslides triggered by torrential rains left three people dead and at least 56 others missing in southwest China even as authorities in an eastern province are mulling to blast a dike of a swelling river to prevent flooding of villages, the state media reported on Wednesday.

A 300-strong team of armed police has been laying sandbags along the riverbank in Tongcheng City to prevent water gushing out of a 200-meter-long break on the Qingcao Township Dike on the Dasha River from inundating villages.

But authorities are concerned the sandbags will not be able to hold the water back when heavy rains hit the area again, so they are mulling the blasting of another part of the dike in the eastern Anhui Province, the Xinhua reported.

Meteorological authorities have forecast another round of heavy rains to hit the area over coming three days.

Disaster relief experts, army officials and engineers will attend an emergency meeting to decide whether to blast the dike, it reported quoting a local official.

Heavy machinery including trucks and excavators, have already been dumped into the river to slow the speed of the water gushes. The situation is currently under control as the weather has improved, the official said.

Meanwhile, three persons were killed and 56 others missing in landslides in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

As of this morning, 38 people were injured in the disaster, including two serious cases, the emergency response office of Zhaotong City said in a statement.

The statement said heavy rain battered Xiaohe Township of Qiaojia County in the city of Zhaotong early, followed by flash floods and landslides that destroyed several homes in town.

The provincial government has sent a relief team and relief supplies to Zhaotong, including 200 tents, 1,000 quilts and 1,000 sets of clothing, Xinhua reported.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has also sent a working team to help with the relief efforts.