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Terrain hampers China landslides rescue

Heavy rain has hit the county in north-western China that was devastated by landslides, as the death toll from Saturday's disaster continues to rise.

Officials said the number of people known to have died in Zhouqu, when mud and rocks engulfed buildings, now stood at 1,117, with 627 others missing.

Forecasters have warned three more days of rain lie ahead for the remote area, prompting fears of further landslides.

Meanwhile, experts have arrived there to help prevent an outbreak of disease.

The BBC's Michael Bristow reports from Beijing.

  • 11 Aug 2010
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