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Death toll in heavy rains, landslides in China climbs to 61

At least 14 people were killed and eight other missing in south China since Thursday, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Sunday.

 The downpour which struck Hubei province has left 16 people dead and six missing, destroying or damaging more than 15,800 housing units and inflicting direct economic losses worth USD 595 million, state-run news agency Xinhua news agency quoted local officials on Saturday.

In another incident, at least 23 people were killed and seven others injured in the landslide in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

In all 30 people were caught in Friday’s landslide at Pianpo Village, Dafang County. All missing and dead people were found, the report said. More than 800 soldiers and rescuers worked with excavators to search for the missing villagers.

In another incident, eight people were killed on Saturday after a wall collapsed due to heavy rain in Wuhan City, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. 

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