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Scores die as mudslides swamp Tibetan area

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Scores die as mudslides swamp Tibetan area


Nearly 100 people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rain in north-west China.

An estimated 2,000 residents in the town of Zhouqu are still missing as rescue teams search for survivors in the wreckage of homes half buried in sludge.

Witnesses say the landslides swept down from the hills above at around midnight during a storm when many people are likely to have been indoors.

Zhouqu county is in a Tibetan area in Gansu province, dominated by steep and barren terrain.

Run-off from the downpour banked up behind a landslide in a narrow valley on the Bailong River
leading to the deadly mudslide.

The Chinese government has sent thousands of troops backed by medical teams to assist in the rescue effort.

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