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33 missing in East China landslides

Updated: 2016-09-29 14:00


33 missing in East China landslides

An aerial view of the landslide site in Sucun village in Suichang county, Zhejiang province, on Sept 29, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

HANGZHOU -- At least 33 people are missing in landslides triggered by rainstorms in two villages in the eastern province of Zhejiang, local governments said Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, 13 people have been rescued and 27 remain missing after a landslide caused by Typhoon Megi hit Sucun village, Lishui city at 5:28 pm Wednesday, according to the local government.

"Roughly 400,000 cubic meters of debris slid down the mountains and buried 20 households. Seventeen homes were flooded as well. A township cadre who rushed to help relocate villagers was among the missing," Zhou Ruichen, a county official said.

Many houses in the village were swept away and destroyed, and more than 1,460 local residents were relocated to safer areas.

The local government has mobilized more than 1,200 people, 21 excavators, four pumps, and other emergency equipment for the rescue work.

Baofeng village was also affected by the typhoon, with six people missing in Wencheng County Wednesday night after their homes had been destroyed by a landslide.

The six villagers remain missing and rescue work is underway.

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