|A rescuer works at the site of landslide in Dakuo Village of Zhijin County in the city of Bijie, southwest China's Guizhou Province, July 17, 2014. Six people died and another two were injured in the rain-triggered landslide here, local authorities said on Friday. Rainstorms have lashed Guizhou this week, triggering landslides and floods in many parts of the province. (Xinhua)
GUIYANG/CHONGQING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Millions of people have been affected as days of heavy rain in southwest and central China have caused floods and landslides while also halting train services.
The downpours have killed 10 people and left 10 missing as of Friday in southwest China's Guizhou Province, Guizhou's provincial department of civil affairs told Xinhua.
In the latest case, six people were killed and two injured in a rain-triggered landslide in Guizhou, local authorities said on Friday.
The landslide happened at around 4 a.m. on Thursday in Dakuo Village of Zhijin County in the city of Bijie, burying eight people, said a spokesman with the county.
By 10 a.m. on Thursday, the injured had been rescued. The bodies of the other six were later retrieved.
More than 2.45 million people in Guizhou have been affected by rain-triggered floods and landslides, with 122,400 of them evacuated. The storms damaged 105,700 hectares of crops and destroyed 3,008 homes, resulting in direct economic losses of 1.46 billion yuan (234.9 million U.S. dollars).
Strong downpours are likely to continue in the province as Typhoon Rammasun is expected to make landfall in south China's island province of Hainan or the coastal area of Guangdong Province on Friday afternoon, according to the local flood prevention department.
Elsewhere, rainstorms have halted train services in Huaihua City in central China's Hunan Province, stranding some 1,000 passengers for up to 20 hours. Local police have dispatched emergency buses to transport them to their destinations.
China braces for strengthened super typhoon Rammasun
HAIKOU, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Rammasun has strengthened to a super typhoon and will probably make landfall in south China's island province of Hainan or the coastal area of Guangdong Province on Friday afternoon, the Hainan provincial meteorological station said on Friday.
Packing rainstorms and winds of up to 180 km per hour, Rammasun is moving northwest at a speed of 20 to 25 km per hour and will probably land in Qionghai City of Hainan or Dianbai District, Maoming City of Guangdong, according to the station's forecast. Full story