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Mudslides wreak havoc in SW China's Yunnan, 67 people missing

2010-08-18 07:02:42 GMT2010-08-18 15:02:42 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A truck is buried in the mud after a landslide in Yunnan on Aug 18. (Xinhua)

A house is buried by the mudslide which is over 300 meters wide in Yunnan on Aug 18. (Xinhua)

Residents and soldiers help people trapped by the mudslide in Yunnan on Aug 18. (Xinhua)

Soldiers take injured people out of the mudslide in Yunnan on Aug 18. (Xinhua)

Soldiers rush to the scene after a mudslide in Yunnan on Aug 18. (Xinhua)

At least 67 people are missing and seven others injured after mudslides slammed a remote town in southwest China's Yunnan Province early Wednesday, local authorities said.

Roads, power supplies and telecommunications were cut following the mudslides, which struck the Puladi Township, in the Drung-Nu Autonomous County of Gongshan, at about 1:30 a.m..

The mudslides also destroyed a bridge and made the Nujiang River swollen with the water level increasing by up to six meters, said a statement released by the Yunan Provincial Emergency Response Office Wednesday.

Rescuers had been sent to the area high up in the mountains bordering Myanmar, said a spokesman with the government of Lisu Autonomous Prefecture of Nujiang, which administers Gongshan.

The mudslides were triggered by days of torrential rains, he added.

Sources with the armed police troops participating in the rescue operation told Xinhua that the mudslides struck the Litoudi Village, about 10 km away from Puladi Township seat. But the number of casualties is unknown at the moment.

A mudslide killed 11 people at the construction site of a hydropower station in Puladi Township July 26.

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