Fri, August 20, 2010
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Death toll from SW China mudslides rises to 12; 80 still missing

2010-08-20 13:24:28 GMT2010-08-20 21:24:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Rescuers clear off sludge in mudslide-hit Puladi Township of Gongshan Drung-Nu Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

GONGSHAN, Yunnan, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the mudslides in a remote mountain town in southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 12, with 80 others still missing Friday, said local authorities.

On Friday, rescuers had recovered six more bodies, bringing the number of deaths to 12, said Hou Xinrong, deputy head of the Drung-Nu Autonomous County of Gongshan.

The muslides struck Puladi Township in Gongshan at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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