More mudslides hit China

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Mudslides in southwest China have killed five people and injured more than 500.

Heavy rain lashed Sichuan province late on Thursday, sparking the avalanches of mud.

The worst affected area was the town of Mianzhu close to the provincial capital Chengdu.

It is the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake in 2008 in which 80,000 died.

The relentless downpours also stuck neighbouring Gansu where a huge landslide last week in Zhouqu County claimed more than 1,000 lives.

The last rescues were made on Wednesday and at least 600 people are still missing.

Government officials say the scale of the disaster has made counting the dead more difficult.

Flooding has wreaked havoc in China since the country’s rainy season began in May, killing some 2,500 people.