CHENGDU -- Twenty-one people were killed and 11
are missing after continuous rainstorms on Wednesday and Thursday triggered
flash floods and mud slides in southwest China, local government sources said.
Flash floods and mud slides in Ganzi and Liangshan autonomous prefectures in
Sichuan Province killed 11 people, injured five, and left five missing on
In Ganzi, the mud slide has also damaged a 300-meter stretch of the No. 215
Continuous rains in the neighboring Chongqing Municipality have caused
floods, slides and lightening strikes since Wednesday noon, leaving ten people
dead and six others missing. About 363 people have been injured.
The rains have affected more than 2.3 million people and caused the
evacuation of 112,000 people from their homes, said She Mingzhe, head of the
municipality's civil affairs bureau.
Governments in Sichuan and Chongqing are organizing relief and search efforts
for stricken people.
The rugged terrain and lack of communication have greatly hindered the
efforts in rural mountainous areas.