21 bodies found after landslide hits east China village
The death toll from a landslide that buried homes in eastern China has risen to 21 people with 16 others still missing, a local government said Sunday.
A torrent of mud and rocks unleashed by heavy rains buried nearly 30 homes in a village in Zhejiang province on Friday night. Four people were confirmed dead soon after the landslide.
The Lishui city government, which administers Lidong village, where the landslide happened, said that 21 bodies had been found as well as one survivor, who was in stable condition.
Meanwhile, the central province of Hunan was hit by the worst winter flooding in more than 50 years, the official Xinhua news agency reported, forcing thousands to flee.
About 8,200 people were resettled after their homes were destroyed in the flooding, according to Xinhua, with more than 87,000 people affected by the waters, which caused blackouts and road closures.
The flooding, which has also damaged crops, was the worst since record keeping began in 1961, provincial weather authorities said.
Floods are likely to continue, with heavy rains expected through Wednesday, Xinhua said.
Photos circulating online showed rescue personnel driving boats through village streets and helping residents escape through their windows.
Waters were more then three metres over the alert level on Friday, Xinhua said.