China landslide death toll doubles to over 700

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China landslide death toll doubles to over 700

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The death toll in China’s deadliest landslide in decades has soared to more than 700.

Rescuers continue to dig for survivors — some of them with their bare hands.

Their efforts brought a shred of good news on Tuesday with a 52-year-old man pulled free after being trapped for 50 hours underground.

Heavy rains battered the northwest Gansu province last week, sparking the landslide in Zhouqu County on Sunday.

Aside from the rescue operation, authorities have started to use explosives in a bid to drain the flood waters.

But the elements show no sign of letting up.

A tropical storm is heading for northern China and fresh downpours could scupper the search of survivors.

Some 1,000 people are still unaccounted for and hope is fading fast as to whether many of them will be found alive.