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31 killed in road accidents, landslide in China

At least 31 people are killed and 69 others injured in road accidents and a landslide in China.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Beijing
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2007 01:16 PM IST

At least 31 people were killed and 69 others injured in road accidents and a landslide in China, the state media reported on Saturday.

Nine people were confirmed dead and 14 others injured when a falling rock hit a bus in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Friday night.

The bus, en route from Shimian to Hanyuan county in the central western city of Ya'an, lost control and slid down a 10-meter slope after it was hit by a rock last night on a highway, a spokesman with the Shimian county government said.

Seven people were killed and another injured after a truck rammed into a crowd at roadside stalls on Friday in southeast China's Fujian Province, local police said.

The accident occurred when the vehicle, loaded with sand, suddenly hit the people at roadside stalls in Hui'an Count of Fujian, local police said.

Six people died on the spot and one died later in hospital, Xinhua news agency reported.

In another incident, three people were killed and 36 others injured in a six-vehicle pile up on a national highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Friday morning.

The accident occurred on a highway from Guang'an City to Nanchong City in Sichuan, when a pickup truck rammed into the rear of another truck which triggered another two accidents, involving a bus and three trucks, local traffic police said.

A massive mud-rock flow following stormy weather has killed 12 people and injured 18 in an outer county of southwest China's Sichuan Province, the local government said on Saturday.

All the victims were from Heba village in Wulaxi, 61 km from the county seat of Jiulong in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, a spokesman with the county government confirmed.

He said the deaths and injuries on the massive mud-rock flow and landslide were triggered by heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday.

A preliminary survey shows about 16,200 people in 4,050 households were affected by the disaster.

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