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8 dead, 24 missing in SW China rainstorms

Updated: 2014-09-02 10:00

8 dead, 24 missing in SW China rainstorms

A photo taken on Sept 1, 2014 shows the scene of a landslide in Yunyang County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

CHONGQING - Eight people have died and 24 others are missing by early Tuesday after rainstorms brought landslides to Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, said the local rescue headquarters.

More than 500 professional rescuers, including fire-fighters and armed police, have evacuated over 7,000 residents in nine rain-drenched townships in Yunyang County to safe locations, said the headquarters.

The missing include 11 coal miners in Yunyang who were buried by a landslide on Monday morning.

Torrential rain started to pound northeastern parts of Chongqing on Sunday, causing direct economic losses of 68 million yuan ($11 million dollars) in Yunyang.

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