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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

China landslides

More torrential rain is sweeping towards the region of north-west China hit by a massive landslide, forecasters warn.

More than 700 people are now known to have died and more than 1,000 people are still missing in the remote mountainous area of Gansu province.

The BBC's Chris Hogg in Gansu says three days of torrential rain are due. Meanwhile, specialists in epidemic prevention have been sent to the area as fears of disease spread.

At least three villages in remote Zhouqu county were levelled by an avalanche of mud and rocks triggered by rain on Saturday.

Now rescue teams fear the fresh rain could not only hinder work to find survivors but also trigger fresh landslides.

For more of this BBC News report and video report on the event click here

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