At least 34 missing in southeast China landslide after record rain

At least 34 people were missing after rainfall triggered a landslide in southeast China's Fujian province Sunday morning, state media reports said.

About 100,000 cubic metres of mud and rock flowed downhill in Taining county early Sunday, burying parts of a hydropower station construction site and its offices, Xinhua news agency reported.

Seven people are safe and more than 400 rescuers were still searching for the remaining missing as of Sunday afternoon, Xinhua said.

Rainstorms have battered much of eastern and southern China in recent days.

Thousands of people were evacuated in southwestern Chongqing municipality and central Hubei province this weekend.

China is bracing for a major flood year, according to Xinhua.

The Three Gorges Reservoir on the Yangtze River recorded inflow of 17,800 cubic metres of water per second on Sunday, the highest since 1992.

Last update: Sun, 08/05/2016 - 13:30
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