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Death toll from NW China mudslide rises to 702; 1,042 still missing

2010-08-10 10:50:56 GMT2010-08-10 18:50:56 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Soldiers sterilize the landslide-hit area in Zhouqu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 10, 2010. Soldiers and local antiepidemic professionals began to sterilize the mudslides-hit area on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Wang Peng)

ZHOUQU, Gansu, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a massive rain-triggered mudslide in Zhouqu County in northwest China's Gansu Province has risen to 702, with 1,042 others still missing, local civil affairs authorities told a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Some 1,243 people have been rescued and 42 of them were found seriously injured, said Tian Baozhong, head of the provincial civil affairs department.

Some 4,443 tents have reached Zhouqu County but most of them have not yet been set up due to a lack of open space, Tian said.

About 16,000 more tents from the Ministry of Civil Affairs are still in Lanzhou, the provincial capital, Tian said.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) had dispatched 5,300 soldiers, 150 vehicles, four helicopters and 20 speed boats to Zhouqu, said Du Kangzhan, an publicity official at the PLA's Lanzhou Area Command.

The mudslide hit Zhouqu County in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gannan early Sunday.

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