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Heavy rain triggers lethal land- and mudslides in south-west China

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At least 21 people were killed in landslides triggered by heavy rain in south-west China last Friday (25 May). More than 3000 houses were washed away and 1300 hectares of farmland destroyed.

The day before, 11 people died in mudslides in Sichuan. Ten more died in floods and lightning strikes and more than 350 were injured.

Some 112 000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The bad weather has affected more than two million people.