17 killed by rainstorm in SW.China

Updated: 2007-08-27 23:49

CHENGDU -- Seventeen people were killed and three others missing as torrential rains pounded southwest China's Sichuan Province from last Wednesday, said sources with local government on Monday.

Among the 17 victims, all from southeast Sichuan's Yibin city, eleven were killed by landslide and mud-rock flows, three by lightening strike, two by flash floods and one most unlucky was hit by a rock rolling down a hill.

Six people were injured but are all out of danger, said Liu Yan, an official with the Yibin government in charge of publicity.

A total of 213,000 people were affected by the rainstorm, according to Liu.

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