China Suffers Another Disaster After Landslide Kills Dozens

August 8, 2010

Mudslide in Madeira earlier this year; photo credit Andreas Gehret

China (ChattahBox) – It hasn’t been an easy year for China, in terms of natural disasters. Now torrential rain in the Gansu province has led to a massive landslide that has left more than a hundred people dead.

According to the BBC, the death toll has risen to 127 people following the landslide, and 1,300 are still missing, with no estimate on how many may be dead.

“It’s very hard to locate the people washed away by floods. It’s hard to say what their chances of survival are,” He Youxin of the People’s Armed Police said as he stood among the devastation.

The landslide was caused by a large amount of rain that became trapped on the tops of several hills surrounding the city in the valley below. The water formed a kind of rive that began to push mud downward, finally falling over and taking large amounts of the mud, rocks and water into the city.

There was reportedly enough mud to cover the fifth floor of one man’s building, and it left many flattened houses and torn apartment blocks in its’ wake.

Almost 3,000 soldiers have been dispatched to the area to rescue residents still stuck or missing, but the mud covering streets in thick pools large enough to bury cars is hindering efforts.


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