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At least 127 dead, nearly 2,000 missing in rain-triggered landslides in NW China's Gansu Province

2010-08-08 11:45:59 GMT2010-08-08 19:45:59 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Rescuers move a victim's body from the landslide site in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 8, 2010. At least 96 people have been confirmed dead in landslides triggered by torrential rains in Zhouqu County. (Xinhua/Wang Yanjun)

ZHOUQU, Gansu, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 127 people have been confirmed dead Sunday in landslides triggered by torrential rains in northwest China's Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

By 3 p.m., 76 people were injured, while nearly 2,000 others in the county were still missing. About 45,000 people have been evacuated, according to a statement from the provincial civil affairs department.

As of noon, more than 680 residents, had been rescued by local residents. And the water level in the county seat of Chengguan Township had declined by 40 cm, after floodwaters carrying mud and rocks submerged half the town in the small hours on Sunday, said Mao Shengwu, head of the prefecture.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at Zhouqu County around 4:30 p.m.

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